Jittery Ghana focuses on its mental state

GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer Published:

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -- Ghana's jittery players met among themselves to discuss what went wrong against Congo and "psyche themselves up" as coach Kwesi Appiah indicated the team's mental state was now the focus at the African Cup of Nations.

Appiah says his team held a meeting away from coaching staff after blowing a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw against Congo, which at times tore Ghana's defense apart.

Appiah says he's also taken measures to address the slump, telling reporters on Monday that some of his players lost concentration in Sunday's game and he had "dealt with them."

Ghana, like it does at almost every Cup of Nations, arrived as one of the title favorites but Appiah's squad is not as experienced as previous years and started with five tournament newcomers against Congo.