Appiah: Wanderers can do the impossible
Sanfrecce Hiroshima take on Western Sydney at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday night after winning the first leg in Japan 3-1.
The Wanderers will need to score at least two goals, and not concede, to go through to the quarter-final stage.
It’s a tough ask but Kiwi-born winger Appiah is confident that his side’s 2013-2014 season won’t end on a disappointing note tonight, after Western Sydney was pipped in the A-League grand final 10 days ago by Brisbane Roar.
“The preparations have been fantastic, every single one of the lads have been on point and are determined to turn this time around,” Appiah said.
“We are feeling well prepared. We’ve taken a lot from the first leg and we are ready to go out there and make everybody proud.”
Wanderers - the last A-League team still alive in the Asian Champions League, after Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners failed to survive the group stage - will not take Sanfrecce lightly.
“In the second leg we will have to be clinical and not cough up mistakes, I think we are really ready for this one,” Appiah said.
“Hiroshima are the Japanese champions for a reason. They’re whole team is lethal and a threat so we must be on our A game.”
Appiah only made 10 appearances in the A-League this season but he has been a regular in Asia, starting in six of Western Sydney’s seven Asian Champions League fixtures.
The 22-year old was replaced by Shinji Ono in the 64th minute in the first leg against Sanfrecce.
Appiah was not happy with his own display at Hiroshima’s Edion Stadium and is looking forward to appearing in front of a packed Pirtek Stadium.
“I’m definitely not satisfied at all with my performance last week,” he said.
“A full house will help raise the spirits for kick off.
“The fans and the RBB are a joy to play under. You can tell the difference with away games. The home games are exciting and enjoyable, we all love it.”