Sunday 25 February 2018
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Appiah’s hopes dashed in Africa campaign

Head coach of Al Khartoum FC, Kwesi Appiah regrets the poor show of his team in the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup fixtures. He blames the club’s failure in signing players he recommended after the end of last season caused his failure to guide the team past the first round.

Last season, Kwesi Appiah, guided his team to finish third on the Sudanese league but the club failed to sign the seven players he recommended to boost his squad considering the clubs he was going to face.

The club instead signed six players from the second division in the Sudanese league. Appiah struggled to put up a strong unit to represent the club against Ugandan side Sports Club Villa in two legs in the CAF Confederation Cup and were knocked out of the first round of the competition 1-0 on aggregate over two legs.

And he reckons the poor recruitment caged his ambitions for the year. “My main ambition was to get the team to the finals but unfortunately we couldn’t make it. After the end of last season, I needed seven new players and they could not get any of them,” the former Black STAR Coach said.

“They brought players in that you have to bring them to the level that you’ve built already. So all these things reduced our progress,” he noted. He denied insinuating that the players are not good, but they aren’t up to the premiership level to compete against the best.|

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