Appiah: New-look Wanderers stronger than ever

Western Sydney winger Kwabena Appiah says the Wanderers respect Adelaide City but will be ready to get the job done in the FFA Cup tonight when the two sides meet.

Back-to-back A-League grand finalists Western Sydney will face former NSL heavyweights Adelaide City at Marden Sports Complex in the Cup on August 12.

The Wanderers will be without the likes of Socceroo Matt Spiranovic, who is injured, and foreign stars Shinji Ono, Jerome Polenz and Youssouf Hersi who have all left the club along with midfielder Aaron Mooy.

But Appiah is confident Western Sydney can get past their South Australian NPL opponents despite their revamped XI.

“The preparation for our first ever FFA Cup match is going well, the boys are looking better and better as each day goes on,” the 22-year-old winger said.

“We respect Adelaide City. I can’t really give away too much at this point, but we know what to do to progress in this competition. We treat this like every other game that we play, with the right mentality and attitude.

“Of course Spira is a big loss, he’s one of the best players in the league, but whoever gets the nod will put in a 100% shift and will get the job done.

“The FFA Cup has been great so far. It’s something that Australian football as a whole needed and it’s great that it’s finally arrived.”

The Wanderers have brought in Brazilian midfielder Vitor Saba, Dutch forward Romeo Castelen and Australian defender Brendan Hamill for the upcoming season, and may yet bring in more signings.

Appiah, 22, said the club may have lost some key players but the new signings have already made an impact.

“We’ve lost quality players such as Ono, Hersi and Polenz, but we’ve brought in some great players like Vitor Saba, Romeo Castelen and Brendan Hamill,” he said.

“They’re great additions, praise should go to the boss. They’ve all settled down quickly, all will add a lot to the squad and will replace the players we have lost in their own way.

“I’m not worried, this squad is still stronger than ever.”

Appiah made his A-League in 2012 and has made 21 appearances for Western Sydney.

The Parramatta City junior is after more game-time this season and said the Wanderers will be primed for their Asian Champions League quarter-final clash with Guangzhou Evergrande on August 20.

“The squad is coming together as each say passes by, the boys look fitter and sharper as each day swings by,” he said.

“We will be ready for our quarter final tie with Guangzhou.

“My goal is to continue to improve. I have a set target of goals and assists I’d like to achieve and with hard work and determination I can achieve my goals.”


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