Ghana coach Appiah will not be automatically sacked if Black Stars fail to clinch AFCON title
By Ameenu Shardow
Akwasi Appiah will be fired in the event it is conclusively proven he was the cause of Ghana’s failure to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
This means that the Black Stars boss will not be sacked just because the country failed to win the title but it must be proven that he was the cause of the failure.
The Black Stars are looking to end a 31-year wait for an African crown by the time the tournament kicks off on January 19 in South Africa.
Ghana has failed to get close to Nations Cup success since reaching the finals in 1992 and in 2010.
The team failed to shine at the last tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea with a fourth place finish – leading to the dismissal of Serbian coach Goran Stevanovic.
Now the Ghana FA says it has tasked coach Appiah to deliver victory in South Africa of which failure to do so attributed to him will lead to his ultimate sacking.
“The coach and the GFA are aware of the targets. In the contract, the target for the coach is to win this Nations Cup,” Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi told said at a media briefing on Thursday.
“However let me quickly point out or add that the fact that you do not win a cup is not an enough basis or alone conclusively that the coach has not done well and so he has to be sacked.
“In every business situation, you do what you call a swot analysis. There are even external factors that can influence performance and you have to do all these.
“But if after doing that, the poor performance points irresistibly to one and only one direction that it is the man (coach) who did not do his work, I think it will be obvious to all.”
Ghana is drawn in Group B which will be based in Port Elizabeth alongside Mali, Niger and Congo DR.
The Black Stars will open their campaign on January 20 against the Congolese at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.