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EXCLUSIVE: Ghana's World Cup coach Kwesi Appiah awarded doctorate degree by American University

Published on: 12 April 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah was awarded doctorate degree on Saturday

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has been handed a honorary doctorate degree by the Day Spring Christian University of Mississippi even before he leads the Black Stars to 2014 World Cup looming, can exclusively reveal.

The Black Stars coach who will be leading the side to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was decorated with his honours at a ceremony held at the School of Allied Science campus in Accra on Saturday, Ghana's leading football news outlet can confirm.

Appiah, nick-named the 'Silent Killer' by the Black Stars players for his calm but firm ways of dealing with indiscipline in his squad, was awarded a Doctor of Psychology in Sports.

The former Ghana captain was celebrated for his historic achievement as coach of the Black Stars.

Appiah became the first indigenous Ghanaian coach to qualify the Black Stars to the World Cup finals after presiding over a flamboyant qualification series.

Kwesi Appiah was awarded a doctorate degree on Saturday

He was therefore one of 10 personalities including Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho who were awarded for their contributions to the development of Ghana in their various fields of endeavours.

In a citation, Kwesi Appiah was celebrated as a Doctor of Psychology in Sports for his contribution to the development of sports in Ghana and the impact made as coach of the Black Stars.

Dr. Appiah's award by an American University shows how he is respected across the globe for his successes despite the fact that Ghana will face the United States at the World Cup.

Other personalities awarded included Bishop Annor Yeboah, Samuel Vindex, Rex Asare Narh and Kwame Nyamekye.

The rest are Felix Nyarko Pong, William Panford and Gideon Amenyedor.

The Black Stars coach will now be official known as Dr. James Kwesi Appiah.


  • Africanus says:
    April 15, 2014 02:21 am
    Attention seeking university. What is so special about qualifying a team to the world cup?
  • Africanus says:
    April 15, 2014 02:26 am
    Brother Pito, qualifying a team to the world cup is really not such a big deal. If our universities are going to honour a Ghanaian it should be for something that person has done that really improves the lives of Ghanaians. Something that makes Ghana a much better place for all Ghanaians.
  • benito says:
    April 13, 2014 08:49 am
    A.A this is good but it's also a mind game Yankees are playing,don't get excited and loose focus.Congratulations Doctor!!
  • Dr Who says:
    April 13, 2014 07:27 am
    If nobody saw what AA did, at least Americans did see it...congrats AA
  • bs says:
    April 13, 2014 12:51 am
    that is not school...
  • PITO says:
    April 13, 2014 12:25 am
    The Americans are Trying to get Coach A.A to catch inferiorty complex when we facw them abi? On another note, How many Universities do we have in Ghana? How come none of them thought of honoring the Coach as the first indigene to take us go World Cup?? Dumb people we have in our local academia!
  • Pinkus says:
    April 12, 2014 09:13 pm
    Appiah be careful of the Trojan degree and awards from the USA. This intended to make you excited and forget your duty against the USA in the coming world cup. Please do not get too excited, it is indeed a Trojan award.
  • nana k says:
    April 12, 2014 08:54 pm
    franky, epain u papa. if he was ur dad or bro wnt u be happy?? Go get urs frm kokofu university inside banchiase.
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 12, 2014 08:39 pm
    lol hater indeed. how many countries can say their coach is also a Dr.? AA, song mind franky. frame that degree and hang it on your wall ASAP.... lol
  • Franky says:
    April 12, 2014 07:32 pm
    john university john award
  • nana says:
    April 12, 2014 08:21 pm
    Franky hater Lol ...hahahaha
  • texas says:
    April 12, 2014 08:29 pm
    Franky did your father ever received one for good job done? If you don't recognize and appreciate what AA has done, that college does and some of us do no matter what happens at the World Cup. A pat on AA's shoulder saying well done man is not bad, and that college did.
  • Agyemang Badu Norbert (misty young) says:
    May 12, 2014 07:43 pm
    Big up, Dr Akwasi Appiah! I know you can deliver. Congratulations!!!!