Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has heaped praises on goalkeeper Felix Annan following his ‘fine’ performance in the 3-0 win over Kumasi Asante Kotoko in a friendly match on Friday.
The shot-stopper put in a strong showing on his debut for the Black Stars and earned the praise of his coach.
The 26-year-old was selected ahead of Richard Ofori and Lawrence Ati-Zigi, and he made several incredible saves in front of familiar fans at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. Appiah believes Annan could become a great shot stopper if he maintains his focus, trains well and heeds advice. “I was aware of what Felix Annan can do and that’s why I gave him a national team call-up,” Appiah told Goal.
“I’ve watched him several times with Kotoko in the Ghana Premier League, and in his first competitive game for the Black Stars, he impressed everyone. I’m very happy for him.
“All that he needed was the confidence and with what I saw he is ready to be up there. I always use myself as a point of reference because I was like him at Kotoko when I had my first call-up to the Black Stars.
“That opportunity changed a lot of things in my career because I learned from top players during national team assignment.
“I believe that if he doesn’t become complacent, trains well and listens to the advice, he will continue to develop and probably become a top-class goalkeeper very soon,” he added. Ghana will travel to Addis Ababa next month to face Ethiopia in the penultimate game of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.