Ghana Coach, Kwesi Appiah has said he was not expecting his team’s 1-2 loss to the USA as both squared off in a Group G opener on Monday.
“The early goal was something bad, we never expected that. The first goal really unsettled us a little bit but I never expected that it will end this way”.
Clint Dempsey’ s 30 seconds opener for USA, the fastest goal of the tournament, according to the coach resulted from lack of concentration.
“We expect that playing at this level you know you cannot make these errors and it worried us. Football is like that. At this stage when you lose concentration or focus for even a second, you can be punished and it will cost the whole team”.
Ghana hoped to beat the USA for the third time in succession following two defeats at the previous edition of the tournament at Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.
“The USA was not going to be easy and i had said it before. I am not surprised by the way they played today. What I can say is that it was a very tough game. Playing at this level, many little mistakes can cost you dearly.
“Looking at the performance, we did not do badly. I do not think we disgraced ourselves. We still have two games to play, so we are not out of it yet.
“It is important to win or draw your first game and it is sad we lost but we have two games to play. We played well and created chanced but we did not take them. They took theirs.”
Ghana will face the German machine in the second Group G match on Saturday before wrapping up the group next week. GNA