Soccer News of 2013-12-18

Beware of USA! Coach Sackey warns Stars

US-based Ghanaian technical brain, Robert Sackey, has described Ghana’s group opener with the USA as the most dangerous of all the preliminary round matches since the Americans are crying for revenge.
“The most dangerous game will be against the US after losing twice to Ghana in 2006 and 2010. Anytime we play US it goes to the wire but the Americans believe they can get at least a point from Ghana this time around,” Coach Sackey disclosed in a telephone interview with the Graphic Sports yesterday.
“All the teams are strong; it’s a tough group and I’ll name it as the group of death as the Black Stars have been drawn against tough opponents who are hungry for World Cup success,” he said
Currently on holidays in Takoradi, the man who scouted the USA during Ghana’s maiden World Cup experience in Germany seven years ago, insisted that the Cristiano Ronaldo factor made Portugal a formidable force, the German machine is always on the move while Jurgen Klinsmann has also transformed the US team into a tough side.
“Ronaldo is the best player in the world now and his influence will tell on Portugal; the German machine is always ready to go, and Klinsmann has introduced the European mentality into the American team, making it a force to reckon with,” the former Black Princesses coach stressed.
According to him Ghana’s survival in the tough Group G lies in the outcome of their opening game with the US who are determined to break the Stars’ jinx over them in Brazil.
Coach Sackey intimated that having lived in the US for the past 23 years, he believes the US team has seen a smooth transition from Bob Bradley through Bruce Arena to Klinsmann, while crediting the German international for changing the face of the team with the infusion of American players with German and Mexican backgrounds.
“We have a dream team which can beat anybody, though the other teams are equally tough. But the moment we get out of the group everything will flow just like that,” he predicted.
Despite tipping Ghana to go far, Coach Sackey thought hosts Brazil looked too good for the ultimate.
“There is no way the trophy will leave Brazil. They are too strong and they are still building. They will do everything to let the cup stay.
“It will be great if Brazil play an African country in the final; and Ghana appear to be the best African team,” the forthright trainer remarked.
Coach Sackey sprayed some plaudits on the man of the moment, Kwasi Appiah, for making himself and all Ghanaian coaches proud after entering the history books as the first ever native coach to steer the Black Stars to the FIFA World Cup.
“I’m very happy for Kwasi Appiah; he has given value to Ghanaian coaches who hitherto found foreign contracts hard to come by.”
Coach Sackey said categorically that Kwasi Appiah did not need any foreign coach but good player selection, good preparation, a solid technical team, and efficient scouts who can feed him with detailed information on all three group opponents.