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We lost to Portugal in the 2014 World Cup because our attention was on money – Akwesi Appiah

Former Black Stars head coach, James Akwesi Appiah has admitted their attention on money instead of focusing on their last game and that propelled their loss and subsequent exit from the competition.


The four time African champions recorded their worse ever World Cup campaign in the 2014 edition which was held in Brazil where they exited the competition with just a point after three matches in the first phase.

Ghana had been dominant on the USA in the previous two editions but lost to them for the first time in the competitions history, by 2-1.

They however, held eventual champions of the tourney, Germany to a 2-2 drawn game before losing 2-1 to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in their final group game.

The former Al Khartoum manager, speaking on Starr FM confessed their concentration prior to the game against Portugal was on money instead of focusing on the game.

“In the 2014 World Cup against Portugal, the Black Stars players had their money in their bags in the dressing room and were not concentrating on the game.”

Coach Akwesi Appiah is currently without a club.

Dasmani B Mohammed

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