Stephen Appiah sad over Africa’s early World Cup exit
Former captain of the senior national team the Black Stars of Ghana, Stephen Appiah says he is disappointed over Africa’s early exit from the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
All the five countries that represented the continent were eliminated at the group stages of the competition for the first time since 1982.
But the former Hearts of Oak midfielder says it’s the time for the continent to improve technically following the underwhelming performance of the teams in Russia.
“I think African countries must lift up their game at the World Cup. Is not good if all our participants are eliminated at the group stage, not encouraging at all,” Appiah told the Media doing the Ghana Football Awards.
“We lack in some technical aspect, Nigeria were six minutes away from making it to the next stage but they could not delay time and stood there for Argentina to score.
“Belgium resorted to technical time delay against Brazil in the final six minutes when the heat was on them. They always located Hazard who stood on the ball and drew fouls just to kill time, is about time we learn some of this things,” he added.
Stephen Appiah led Ghana to it’s first ever World Cup in 2006 and was part of the team that were a kick away to reaching the semifinals in South Africa 2010.