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Ghana FA approves Kwesi Appiah's stay as Black Stars coach

Published on: 15 February 2013

The Ghana Football Association says head coach Kwesi Appiah will continue his work despite failing to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

There were calls for his removal as the ex-Ghana captain struggled to improve the tactical play of the team. 

Ghana laboured to beat less-fancied Cape Verde in the quarter-final and were outclassed by Burkina Faso in the semi-final which they lost 3-1 on penalties after drawing 1-1 after extra-time.

But the Executive Committee after analysing the technical report for the Black Stars abject display, thinks Appiah must see through his two-year contract.

"We reviewed Ghana's participation at this competition and are very quick to admit that the performance fell below the expectation of everyone of us," Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi said at a press conference on Friday.

"We render an unqualified apology to all Ghanaians. Very useful lessons have been drawn.

"We also looked at the coaching department led by the head coach - Kwesi Appiah. He did very well. However, we think the team could have done better.

"We are looking at strengthening the technical team to enable them do better in future tournaments."

Appiah's next assignment will be against Sudan on 24 March in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.


This article has 54 comment(s), give your comment
  • Gimli says:
    February 16, 2013 11:30 pm
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  • Ghanaman says:
    February 16, 2013 05:41 pm
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 16, 2013 05:41 pm
    Foolish APE!!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 16, 2013 05:43 pm
    YOU ARE AN APE!!!!
  • Desmond says:
    February 16, 2013 05:22 pm
    We need Abedi Pele as GFA president.Nyanyakyi has never played football before and hence a law should be made for people contesting for GFA post should be past football players
  • AFRICA-LION says:
    February 16, 2013 02:48 pm
    Ghanians stop lying to yourselves,you Country isn't a soccer power house in Africa.You guys won this thing about 40-50 years ago in the 1960s then soccer wasn't anything special and only few countries participates.You only heard about it from your ancestors. You guys don't even have good players,who are your layers? The real Soccer power house are Cameroon Egypt,Nigeria, plus the teams who've won the competition in the last 15-20 years like Zambia. I'm sure Ghana won't qualify for world cup,Zambia is better.
  • nana says:
    February 16, 2013 02:32 pm
    well said.
  • Jimmy says:
    February 16, 2013 01:06 pm
    Akwasi Appiah's, failure will be a good omen to chase the greedy bastards out. Pray it comes faster than expected. Sannie has been lying through his noses throughout out.
  • Redd says:
    February 16, 2013 08:26 am
    My brother,i support your comment 100% but there is this popular saying that 'he who the gods want to kill they first make mad'.Nyantakyi,appiah and all the other guys chopping our money have just dug a big pit for themselves.They have taken a very big risk by putting their job in the hands of an incompetent appiah.Lets not talk but wait patiently for the WC qualifiers to be over.No one will tell Nyantakyi and his bunch to run away.Because appiah will surely make sure we dont qualify to the world cup and nyantakyi will have no more excuses for ghanaians.
  • Nate says:
    February 15, 2013 04:03 pm
    It's rather unfortunate that, if the coach was white man then we ghanaians will be calling for his head that no white man has ever won the the cup for us before....we should stop been racist n stick to our target irrespective of colour. Kwasi Appiah perform poorly so what is asure that he will qualify us to the world cup 2014.....hmmmmmmmmm, if GFA want to try him than under 20 will be a perfect choice.
  • Rasheed says:
    February 15, 2013 04:07 pm
    Nyantakyie is the main problem.That boy must be s flogged very well at bukom square,castrated and then sent to live in the wilderness for the rest of his life.Motherfucker.
  • steve says:
    February 15, 2013 04:07 pm
    cannot believe this if it by performance then as the the other coaches were shown the exist so should Appiah this should not be a case of his being Ghanaian I bet we will not qualify for the world cup
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 15, 2013 04:10 pm
    Did you pay him the same salary as the foreign coaches??
  • sam va says:
    February 15, 2013 04:35 pm
    i think its a good decision to keep kwesi appiah.considering the kind of materials he had i believe he did the best he could.i would however advise him to keep the core of the team and add a few hands.
  • TRIBAL COACH says:
    February 15, 2013 04:47 pm
  • Awudu says:
    February 15, 2013 04:50 pm
    Ghanaians should expect more embarrassment and failures to come as Kwesi Appiah continue to be the head coach,Appiah has been assistant coach under many white coaches for 10 years and yet he has not learnt anything good from them so keeping him what good it may do to the black stars,hmmm ghana football is heading towards disastrous end.
  • ajax says:
    February 15, 2013 05:10 pm
    Mr bribe taker has done again, we are doom no world cup for black star.
  • Pito says:
    February 15, 2013 05:21 pm
    hmm. I cannot throw my intestines out and fill it with anything else. I still support Blackstars. Appiah just do these and prove us wrong: 1) cut out Derek Boateng and pantsil from the team. they have passed their date. secondly, 2) Let the team get used to a 4-4-2 formation. currently Richmond and Jordan Ayew are our best assets in a 2 strike setup. 4-5-1 will always flatter to deceive. no serious team plays 1 striker. 3) Go back to start Kwarasey ahead of Dauda. He is more cool headed. Last of all 4) if for your own reason you still want arab based gyan, still play him in a 4-4-2. I will prefer you cut him out for now until he moves to a better league. all the best. cut out bribed people who always want to influence your decisions, lesson learnt? . ALL THE BEST.
  • Ajax says:
    February 15, 2013 05:24 pm
    Mr bribe taker u've done again, we are doom cos no world cup for black star.Mr bribe taker stop inposing bad coaches on us or else.....a.
  • Franciel says:
    February 15, 2013 05:24 pm
    keep whoever u want as coach but STOP PLAYING DEFENSIVE GAME. WE HAVE PLAYERS TO PLAY OFFENSIVE!!!!! if not no worldcup
  • Franciel says:
    February 15, 2013 05:28 pm
    Gyan cant play alone, he must be wit another striker. play 4-4-2 wit jordan or clotey
  • Pito says:
    February 15, 2013 05:30 pm
    Also there is NO reason NOT to field 2 in-form players on the basis that they are brothers. Brothers are not the same persons, I am talking about the Ayews. So field players on pure merit and we will all succeed. Thank you.
  • Troy says:
    February 15, 2013 05:39 pm
    It was obvious they were going to Keep Him. My Main worry is Asamoah Gyan that guy shouldn't be invited again. And they should find a way and strip him off the captaincy. Derek if invited again then we'll know the coach and gfa takes some money or have a way of benefiting from these guys. Let the Team make peace with the Ayews cause we need them. I'm sure Ghana will be seeing the likes of Essien,KPB Muntari, Frimpong very soon.
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    February 15, 2013 05:39 pm
    Masa, that is how it works... An expat. is paid far higher than an indigenous worker. Go to CONGO and work as a Mine supervisor, you would get more cash than a Congolese working with same qualification and position.
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    February 15, 2013 05:41 pm
    Pito: i suggest you fill your intestines with pito cos he is not going to Listen...
  • Kwame says:
    February 15, 2013 05:42 pm
    GFA thankyou for looking at the Appiah/BS issue objectively,we have no doubt that AA will do the best.
  • Dr Who says:
    February 15, 2013 05:43 pm
    @Pito,I concur on all your points except pt 3.Dauda kept us in the tournament else we wouldnt have made it to the last four.He even saved a penalty while our players were woefully miskicking their penalties.Good decision by the GFA to keep Appiah.its only an idiot who will fire his coach with days to a WC qualify.If South Africa,Zambia and Ivory Coast who performed abysmal have all kept their coaches then what sense does it make to sack Appiah who made it to the semi.
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    February 15, 2013 05:46 pm
    I said it before that Kwesi Nyantakyi has not got the HAIRY BALLS to dump this underperforming Coach. We are doomed. He is now going to run amok with his personal/family vendetta. Coach mpotompoto coach charlie wote Coach china phone coach banza coach ..... I would even prefer Bashir Hayford to this Coach
  • Mojahadine says:
    February 15, 2013 05:49 pm
    My fellow Ghanaians, distinguished supporters of the Ghana Black Stars, ladies and gentlemen, by this decision to keep Akwesi Appiah as the head football coach of our beloved Black Stars by Nyantakyi and his gang of thieves, robbers and miscreants, our faces have been spat on, even though we are paying their salaries, bonuses, benefits and moreover feeding their families. It is by this deed that I urge all hard working Ghanaians of commom sense, intellect and smarts in joining our efforts to remove those beggars and parasites from the GFA. Those individuals at the GFA do not care about how we feel but themselves. Why is Sillas Tetteh or Kuuku Dadzie not playing any part in building the Ghana Black Stars? Why are idiots and unpractising lawyers running the GFA? Does the GFA now belongs to a certain gang of thieves? Why is it that the Minister Of Sports have no power to tell this bunch of brain dead, bribe collecting parasites what to do? Are these guys above the Sports Minister? Is part of Akwesi Appiah's salary being paid to this cabal? Can that be the reason why they are keeping him or is it because his salary put extra cash in their pockets. Ghana Black Stars is becoming a cow cash for a lot of these parasites at the GFA. They paid these whopping bonuses to these players and what did we get for it? a fourth place team. For the public's information, did anyone know that all the coaches and the technical team also got bonuses? yes they did. Even Nyantakyi and his gang also got bonuses for not even kicking one ball. Fellow Ghanaians, this is what is going on at the GFA. We are being taken for a ride by Nyantakyi who is supposed to be a practicing lawyer but because of his lack of skills do do that job has bribe his way to the GFA where he knows he can skim a lot of money with no accountability. I am calling all the die hard or fervent supporters of our beloved Black Stars, to rise up and protest against these pilfers at the GFA. We the Ghanaian public deserve better than what we are getting. We do not deserve to have Akwesi Appiah as the coach of our beloved Black Stars due to what we have seen in several matches of his lack of smarts, intelligence, managerial and most of all strategic technical abilities to improve Black Stars winning chances. These my brothers and sister will be the reason why Ghana may not qualify for the world cup. And if that happens there should be a mutiny at the GFA. I will hope that we continue to protest until the GFA, Nyantakyi and Akwesi Appiah are all gone.
  • Nimo says:
    February 15, 2013 05:53 pm
    He should quit fielding mediocre and local players, they've always failed to help. The favouritism got to go, black stars doesn't belong to him for him to think he can make any laid back selections. He should emulate Spain, Germany or brazil cos they pick the absolute best players! No more lazy selections cos apart from luck you won't get anywhere with it. Shortcuts make life even harder. Kwesi we have no choice but to back you so every advice from every Ghanaian must be taken on board which basically means you have to work very hard to pick the very best for...... you know the rest.
  • bawah says:
    February 15, 2013 05:56 pm
  • pito says:
    February 15, 2013 05:58 pm
  • pito says:
    February 15, 2013 06:21 pm
    you asked why teams like southafrica and zambia have kept their coaches, this is the reason; Gordon Igesund of southafrica took over from Pitso motsemane barely a month to the afcon due to abysmal display from the latter. The fact G.I was able to qualify southafrica out of the groups coupled with the good display of soccer against angola and mali satisfied the fans. as for zambia you should know the coach has achieved more than enough with them and they are right to think they are still better off with him in charge. Compare that to our reasons for keeping A.A: "empowerment of our own", fine but is he the only " our own" that we have to keep him despite bad performance.
  • Gimli says:
    February 15, 2013 06:38 pm
    Ghanaian football is faced to a schizophrenic situation right now. On one hand, you have a completely incompetent coach, very poor in terms of coming up with the right tactics, selecting the most suitable players for the bid and even uniting a whole nation behind the national team. But on the other hand, you have to be insane to sack, even such an average trainer, on the eve of a series of crucial WC qualifiers. So, what do you do? You take a decision, which under the circumstances, is neither right nor wrong. It is just... schizophrenic. Basically, you rely on other factors to combine in a favourable, for you, equation. Which isn't enough and adds to the general frustration. Cos, you see, Zambia is still better as a team than Ghana. And the more important for them, is that they know the reasons why they under performed in this year's AFCON finals. And these reasons are less complicate and more obvious than in Ghana's case. I fear that ghanaian football has arrived to a dangerous crossroads in its recent history and this has basically to do with the mentality in the high levels of hierarchy. This mediocre coach and this non productive team, are just the byproducts of this mentality. From now on, Ghana risks to experience the side effects of the cameroonian downfall, without first, having explored all its potential assets as the Central African country had managed to do during its heyday. And that is a pity.
  • raphpaul says:
    February 15, 2013 07:02 pm
    gfa wat the **** is wrong wit u ..... u are all pussies . This man don't have anything to improve on the blackstars , and u gave him chance to continue , **** u all !!!!!
  • Don says:
    February 15, 2013 07:04 pm
    GFA is a joke, how can you keep this incompetent n technically bankrupt coach who has no idea what he was doing? is it now a norm for us to pay for some1 to learn on the job? AA should be sue for causing financial loss to the state cos we have paid for him for 10 yrs to gain experience to help us in the future but judging by what happened in AFCON, he was sleeping on the job, we are heading for disaster with this AA in charge cos he is simply not good.
  • Bk says:
    February 15, 2013 07:05 pm
    Dadaba gonshot it is u who is mpotompoto,banza and charlie wote person go away with ur nonsense
  • Clueless Coach says:
    February 15, 2013 07:49 pm
    No world cup for Ghana with this useless coach,Bye Bye Bs
  • BX, NYC says:
    February 15, 2013 07:56 pm
    Nyantakyi better watch his back whenever in NYC.. Thats all I have to say........
  • real salacious says:
    February 15, 2013 08:13 pm
    I hope he'll learn from his mistakes and never repeat those childish mistakes that causes us in SA. He has to learn that we don't have quality players in the team, asuch dropping a key player is not the way to go.u can take a player and bench instead of dropping him entirely! Typical example is that of sulley during 2010 wc.the following players must be call to beef up the team; abeyie, frimpong , david addy, ,sulley, jordan, dede, essien and convince kevin boateng.lastly that formation has to look at. Formation are play according players at ones disposal but not just for the sake of it.
  • Killer says:
    February 15, 2013 08:45 pm
    Apuuuuuu!!why are people calling for Jordan? Apuuu this means we don't have any strikers any Ghana,he had featured for some many games for the black stars and how many games has he scored for far? I don't really know where peoples try to bring their opinion from?
  • Killer says:
    February 15, 2013 08:54 pm
    Ghana can go and bring Mourinho still the playing body will not be good bcos the current players in the black stars itself sucks
  • Jimmy says:
    February 15, 2013 09:05 pm
    I will not watch Ghana football again world cup qualifying series is over.
  • Jimmy says:
    February 15, 2013 09:09 pm
    Wicked and Greedy Kwasi Nyantakyi. He can go to world as a CAF official! Let forget Brazil 2014! Ghana will not qualify....Period no amount bribery and influencing of match officials will work the magic.Bye Bye Ghana!
  • princep9 says:
    February 15, 2013 09:32 pm
    ghana wanted to play offensive , they just didn't know how we are in serious trouble , this is a coach who oouldn't beat a minor team with the help of the refree, plus their best player sent of.
  • Wes says:
    February 15, 2013 09:38 pm
    It is not the coach's fault,you guys are not yet ripe to win Afcon and will have to wait for another 31years.Before the tournament commenced,Ghanaians won the cup with their mouths.Common,be happy that Ghana came Fourth,check your records on Afcon and you will realize that you don't belong to the Gold class which you won when Africans football was at the almost zero level 31years ago.How many times have Ghana played in Afcon finals since the last time they won it?My advise is for Ghana to hang their football cloths according to your reach then they can achieve success ..
  • Dr Who says:
    February 15, 2013 09:49 pm
    @Pito,who told you that South Africans were satisfied with a quater final exit when they were the host? They wanted host & win because they did it in 1996.
  • Wes says:
    February 15, 2013 09:51 pm
    Since the last 31years,Ghana has only been able to play in one Afcon finals which was 2008 against Egype.Only one Finals since 1982 and you guys are making all this noise,please realize this facts...
  • Wes says:
    February 15, 2013 10:00 pm
    Correction,Ghana has been in the Finals of Afcon 2 times since 1982. 1992 and 2010...
  • Faisal says:
    February 16, 2013 03:45 am
    At least u came to your senses and employed the help of Google. Hahahahaha next time research b4 you come here to type your Zambian crap, imbecile!!
  • anokwale says:
    February 15, 2013 10:38 pm
    This is the important question. Only in Africa do the outsiders get paid more. Go to the Western World as an outsider and try and get paid more. Good move by GFA. Stick with a local coach instead of rushing to pay an outsider an exhorbitant amount and no cup comes out of it.
  • gentle john says:
    February 15, 2013 11:00 pm
    I now understand why people don't like Kwesi Nyantakyi and his gang,i thought they are good and wanted Black Stars well but i have now seen they are only interested in money,i think the Government should force them to account for the funds the sent to South Africa and if there are misuse of funds they should charge costing financial lost to the nation and they must go to jail. How can you ask this incompetent Kwesi Appiah to continue as Black Stars coach,i am very sad for Ghana football,we will not qualify for the Brazil World Cup because of this greedy bastards group call GFA.
  • Nana Maradona says:
    February 17, 2013 07:15 am
    Stupid,useless and visionless coach.We have lost our place among the elites and giants of African football.Nigeria after failing to qualify for the last edition in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon,bounced back strongly to win the cup this year.Their splendid performance against the star studded Ivory Coast in the quarter finals when all odds was against them, demonstrated the true character of the Super Eagles.Without showing disrespect to Burkina Faso,how on Earth did they stop us from playing in the final! It wasn't even a Cameroun,Egypt or any other giant.Oh! Ghana Black Stars...What has become of the name that sent shivers down the spine of opponent years ago?Let's stop pampering and hyping our players unecessarily,they are not there yet,period! They can go to hell for all I care. Some of them need to be told in the face point blank that they do not merit a place in our beloved Black Stars as per the shambolic performance put up in South Africa and in previous editions.They have always flattered to decieve even after taken huge bonuses that sm Ghanaians would spend years saving.As for the underhand dealings by some GFA officials to select certain undeserving players for such important tournaments,I call on the Sports Ministry to investigate and fish out those mafias marauding the corridors of the FA and who have always ensured that Ghana did not present it's best squad.How could a player like Albert Adomah be wearing Ghana's number 10 jersey?The shirt revered and reserved for great and extraordinary players like the legendary Abedi Ayew Pele,The golden boy Abdul Razak and the charismatic tornado Stephen Appiah,just to mention a few, who were grandmasters of the game.Let's stop this biannual wishful thinking of "it's our time to win it,it's our time to win it" and be realistic.Something pragmatic must be done to revive our football else we might not win this cup for a very long time to come...AWAKE GFA! AWAKE BLACK STARS!.Long live Ghana.
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    February 17, 2013 02:38 pm
    BK: I remember people thinking like you; myopic, vision-less and 'talentless' saying same when I 'put it to' AA. I would not be shocked if your thinking is 'China Phone' thinking just like our ECG coach... nothing better.