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Ghana coach warns World Cup rivals

Posted on May 30, 2006

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Dujkovic’s men outclassed their opponents, although the scoreline was flattering, with two of the goals deflected efforts by captain Stephen Appiah.

Dujkovic’s men outclassed their opponents, although the scoreline was flattering, with two of the goals deflected efforts by captain Stephen Appiah.

Sulley Muntari gave them a sixth-minute lead before Jamaica’s Damion Stewart deflected Appiah’s volley into his own net in the 19th minute.

Jason Euell pulled one back in the 57th minute, but Ghana wrapped up the win midway through the second half with two goals in the space of three minutes through Appiah – this time deflected in by Claude Davis – and Matthew Amoah.

The win means Ghana – whose group rivals in Germany are Italy, Czech Republic and USA – are unbeaten from their two warm-ups so far having drawn 1-1 with Turkey on Friday, and Dujkovic believes the results have done wonders for their team spirit.

“Every match is important, but especially with the World Cup so close,” said the Serbian. “We need to sharpen up but, of course, it was a very good result for the future – the upcoming friendly (against South Korea next Sunday) and the competition.

“We are getting better every day and, come the competition, we will be ready to beat anybody.

“I liked how we played, especially the way each of the players combined, it was excellent.

“The commitment and the positive energy was there. This is important for the group of players and, as a team, they are much better.

“This is a good measure for the World Cup and any match can give you something new. We will now make an analysis and talk between the technical staff and the players about what to do to get the best out of us.”

Jamaica failed to qualify for Germany so this game – and their friendly with England next Saturday – will form part of coach Wendell Downswell’s rebuilding process for the next World Cup qualifiers.

“The game was important for our preparations for 2010,” said Downswell.

“It was a wonderful exercise for us and a tremendous experience to play against the Ghana team.

“Unfortunately we conceded four goals, two off defenders, but overall there were some positives.

“In the second half I think we came out quite positively, it was just unfortunate to concede a goal against the run of play and quickly after that we conceded another.

“We needed to keep the ball more up front. We did that better in the second half. We created two or three half-chances but unfortunately we didn’t convert them.”

The 4pm kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes as the Jamaican party did not arrive until 3.30pm due to traffic.

“That could have been a contributing factor to our first-half performance, we were a bit lethargic,” admitted Downswell.

“I think we showed too much respect to the Ghanaians, especially in the first half.

“We weren’t closing down, we gave them too much room and our defence was about 15 yards too deep. But in the second half you could see a significant improvement in terms of our approach, we were much more positive.”

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