Dennis Appiah: France-born Nantes defender focused on Ligue 1 win over Bordeaux



The Black Stars-eligible defender looks ahead to his French club’s next league fixture on Saturday

Nantes defender Dennis Appiah has charged the club to avoid complacency ahead of their Ligue 1 clash with Bordeaux on Saturday.

Caught up in a relegation battle, the Canaries are in dire need of three points in the matchday 36 fixture at Louis Fonteneau to boost their chances of survival.

They head into the home fixture on the back of successive away wins against Strasbourg and Brest in their last two games.

“It will be a very complicated match, like those played in Strasbourg and Brest recently. We must not relax,” Appiah said, as reported by Ghana Web.

“Bordeaux has returned to simpler things and they are trying to regroup. They managed to win on Sunday and they come there with a little confidence.

“It is also our case. It will be very close but I hope that we will be better than them and that we will end the match with one more goal on the scoreboard.”

With three more rounds of matches to end the season, Nantes find themselves third from bottom on the league table, only above Nimes and Dijon.

“It’s good to finally have two consecutive successes. It is never easy outside, but better late than never. It was a good time to continue to live and to hope,” he continued.

“We rode the confidence from the last game. We won in Strasbourg when we were down 1-0. We have found the mental resources to come back and impose ourselves on it.

“We have worked confidently all week. And then we have capabilities, they never left.

“We are trying to work. We know we have technical quality and good ballplayers.”

So far this season, Appiah has made 19 league appearances for Nantes, making the starting XI on 13 occasions.

Born to Ghanaian parents in the French city of Toulouse, the 28-year-old is eligible to represent Ghana at senior level after playing for his country of birth at youth level.

 



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