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Ghana's World Cup coach Kwesi Appiah to quit post over technical director appointment

Published on: 05 August 2014
Kwesi Appiah is considering stepping down as the Black Stars coach

Ghana's World Cup coach Kwesi Appiah will step down as Black Stars coach this week if a foreign trainer is appointed to supervise his work.

Highly-connected sports journalist Kwabena Yeboah says plans are underway by the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association to name a European coach to take over the position under the guise of a technical director.

This comes just four weeks before the Black Stars play two crucial matches in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Appiah agreed a two-year extension as the coach of the Black Stars before the World Cup but since the tournament in Brazil, some members have not been satisfied with the performance of the team, calling for a review of the contract.

This has sparked concerns among the body that the Black Stars technical bench must be boosted by the arrival of foreign coach who will serve as the technical director.

Appiah is currently in South Africa on holidays and he will return this week to discuss the signing of his contract and his new terms of engagement.

Yeboah says Appiah will consider stepping down if the Executive Committee proposes that another coach be appointed to supervise his work

"The coach was preparing to come down to start his new contract but the reports of his contract review has also been welcomed and he has decided to have a sit down with the Executive committee and some of the people who are opposed to the deal," ace journalist Kwabena Yeboah said.

"You know the review is expected to bring up several decisions and suggestions and I can state that chiefly amongst them is to ask the coach, not just ask but impel him to appoint a technical help perhaps an expatriate to assist him in the remaining years of his contract.

"And when it comes to that I can categorically tell you that the coach would decide to step down, he will quit the job and move on if somebody is forcibly appointed to superintend over his work".

Rumours are widespread in the media claiming that the country’s Sports Ministry together with some members of the GFA Executive Committee who oppose to the new deal announced by the GFA President Kwasi Nyantakyi have asked authorities to freeze the contract extension proposal pending further consultations.

Appiah's contract has been extended till 2016 and is expected to fetch him a $100,000 signing fee, and almost double of his previous salary [from $20,000 to $36,500.

Ghana will begin the qualifiers for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco next month and technical changes with just four weeks before the two matches against Uganda and Togo could affect their chances.

Do you think this is the right decision? Do you think Appiah should continue in the position? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • Rock says:
    August 05, 2014 04:02 pm
    I do agreed to some of the comments but certainly not all of them. First, let me ask all Ghanaians this questions: is it not the same Coach, James Akwasi Appiah won Gold for Ghana at the "All African Games"? Is it not the same Akwasi Appiah who was the assistant Coach of the Black Stars in the previous World Cup where Ghana performed extremely well? Is it not the same Coach who guides the Black Stars to qualified for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, humiliating the almighty Egypt? Was he the only Coach whose team was eliminated in first round of the Fifa World Cup in Brazil 2014? What about Spain, Italy, England and other teams who were having World Class Coaches but were still eliminated from the competition in the first around? So, what did the coach do wrong? Did Akwasi Appiah ask John Boye to score his own goal? Did Akwasi Appiah ask Jordan Ayew not to release the ball to Asamoah Gyan in the match against Germany, which could have seen the Germans going down to 3-1? What did Akwasi Appiah do wrong?
  • Alexander says:
    August 06, 2014 02:35 pm
    Anokwale: Thanks for your incite. It seems, however, that we are talking about two different situations. Yes players must have contracts and deal with FA when they are called. However, my concern is when they do finally come together as a team, who speaks for them? The meeting with the FA in which Muntari had a fight with the FA rep is the kind of situation I am referring to. There should be no such meetings and I say the Coach (and the Captains) should be the one dealing with the FA at that point. Players, at that point in time, must be totally focused on their training and the games. No distractions.
  • john nkum says:
    August 06, 2014 03:40 pm
    He should step down or quit if he is force because is time we begin to reason as a country that we can do everything without any white support.
  • Wumbei Azunah says:
    August 05, 2014 04:06 pm
    Kwasi Appiah cannot actually handle the Black Stars to the fullest. And so he must go! In fact, he cant just do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Navy seal USA says:
    August 05, 2014 04:20 pm
    GSN reported AA return from UK on holiday last week.We are fukn being told he is in South Africa on holiday at the fuckn moment.Where is the fuckn truth . I don't fukn think AA will ever resign unless he is fuckn sacked.Who made ass modafucker pimp in charge of mo black stars.800 fuckin dollars contract.He won't walk away.Which team will employ him with his technical deficiency.He is finished after black stars.Black stars needs a competent coach.
  • Bemol says:
    August 05, 2014 10:09 pm
    Hahaha. Appiah must go.
  • Alhaji says:
    August 06, 2014 12:24 am
    @concernedcitizen I agree we will be happy if he resigns as if it's Independence Day,AA amen please resign,this is the happiest news this morning,I think Nyantakyi will be next.God is listening to our prayers....Nyantakyi n AA awurade kasa!!!
  • maubs says:
    August 06, 2014 10:51 am
    thank God AA wants to leave. That will be real good. I believe AA talks about player development so may be give him a position where he can develop players and instill his so called discipline on these. As for the local ghana coaches-how many have won the african champions league or cup winners based on technical ability in recent years?, mourinhno took leira fto the next tier of portuguese league, won a cup, took those same players with him to porto and won champions league against well fancied sides including man utd at old trafford. Look up the roll callof african club competitions and how many has ghana teams won if they have such best best coaches. when did we last win anything? bobo i have respect for but why is his team always just local?.are some of the ghanaians born overseas not good enough? his players who go foriegn after tournaments do they all become overgrown or lose all their form? what is his style that defines him as a coach?. what did he do for Rwanda? please ghana coaches prove yourself in the african tournaments and we can take you more seriously then.
  • Adusei simon says:
    August 06, 2014 06:04 am
    Plz fellow Ghanians let give another chance to kwasi Appiah again and what will happen because this is the time he can collect his mistakes. Since the bad sports minister is sacked. Thank u.
  • Odiasempa says:
    August 06, 2014 06:07 am
    If a local/foreign coach whoever is appointed, I'll support Kwasi Appiah to resign. Ghanaians are fools to think any foreign is good. idiots.
  • Arafaat says:
    August 06, 2014 04:42 am
    absolutely no.
  • anokwale says:
    August 06, 2014 02:55 am
    Alexander: I must respectfully correct you on one important point. You are correct that the players should never talk to the FA directly. However, the coach is not the one to deal with the FA. The players should hire and independent player rep. This is usually a much older former player. That is where the players failed. As internationals they should have known better. Of course, the problem is that most of the older former players lack the sophistication to properly negotiate. As an alternative, the player rep could have been someone like Desailly (sp?). Our doom was sealed because there was no contract between the players and the FA. That just cannot happen.
  • RocK says:
    August 06, 2014 12:48 am
    Xoxok, Alexander. Maybe you should have asked your embarrassing Sports Minister and GFA to pay the Players their appearance fee early on, since your are the chief advicer to Ghanaians.
  • lion-fire says:
    August 05, 2014 01:02 pm
    He can do whatever he wants Appiah. He is just not fit for the job. He should go and prove himself somewhere else first
  • Canadian says:
    August 05, 2014 01:03 pm
    So the authorities acknowledge AA is not up to the task.Get rid of him and Appoint a competent one instead of the duuble pay.AA and a director.
  • Anokwale says:
    August 05, 2014 01:21 pm
    Guess what? This is the kind of instability that leads to the fall of a program...Assuming he needs technical assistance, are they no Ghanaians who can render this assisstance?
  • Rass says:
    August 05, 2014 01:23 pm
    He can go hell, anything just kick out this useless appiah out of b/stars is louderble idear
  • Spurs Fan says:
    August 05, 2014 01:25 pm
    He is bluffing my friends. His enumeration is too good for him to walk away from, mark my words. I wish he resigns though.
  • Young says:
    August 05, 2014 01:38 pm
    Absolutely no disrespect, but It's about F*cking time.. Please step aside as you're not ready for prime-time football.
  • Dingdon says:
    August 05, 2014 01:39 pm
    He can go to hell, he is most useless and clueless coach to ever be in charge of the Stars, he is not up to the job and should be sacked with immediate effect. Why do we even reward an incompetent coach?
  • salinsa says:
    August 05, 2014 01:48 pm
    kwesi appiah, maxwell konadu, nasamu yakubu & saban quaye must go enbloc
  • fish says:
    August 05, 2014 02:13 pm
    Who cares,if he doesn't like the job,then he should go and carry shit.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    August 05, 2014 02:15 pm
    They can bring in a technical director plus his personal technical adviser this guy still can not perform just kick him out and see how fans will celebrate like indepence day
  • b4world says:
    August 05, 2014 02:19 pm
    they should just give sellas tettah the job
  • kobina says:
    August 05, 2014 02:21 pm
    Coach Appiah of Ghana must go, he has already separated our team by taken money and confusing players. I supported Appiah when he was finally appointed as the head coach of B. stars but he has mess all things up due to the power that they gave to him. He must go we dont went him to build a new team, we have a great national team already. Appiah please leave the team alone in other not to damage it all with ya influence that you have with the so called gfa leaders. Appiah must go go go go goooooooo!!!!
  • nana says:
    August 05, 2014 02:28 pm
    Kwesi Appiah must go!
  • Tex says:
    August 05, 2014 02:39 pm
    Does Coach Appiah need extra technical help? Yes. The biggest question is what coach would reject additional help on his bench to help him succeed? Even Jurgen Klingsmann had Joachim Löw as his assistant in 2006. There's no shame in having additional help that will help you succeed! I'm probably one of the few supporters of Kwesi Appiah. Yes he made mistakes in his first ever world cup game against the USA, but made amends in the next game against Germany. For crying out loud help Coach Appiah not patronize him! I'm a die hard Ghana Black Stars fan, and I have to say our fan base is harsh and overly critical of any coach we've had in the past...Milovan Rajevac went through the same criticism when the going got tough. Ghana is by far the most talent African team, and I firmly believe the current talent we have, a few tweaks here and there this team can seriously contend in Afcon 2015 and World Cup in 2018.
  • xoxoKSxoxo says:
    August 05, 2014 02:41 pm
    NOPE! We produce world class players, not coaches or Technical Directors. This is why he or she has to be a foreigner. Black or White we dont care, just a competent one, thats all.
  • TrueGhanaian says:
    August 05, 2014 02:42 pm
    My fellow Ghanaian fans.Akwasi Appiah cannot handle mighty Black Stars ,simply because he is too stubborn and clueless coach.A competent coach is to unite players and not to divide.Due to this ;he has lost respect among some of the players.;and we all know what happened in Brazil.right?Akwasi Appiah is always experimenting and still cannot get his best starting eleven.I have really lost confidence in this man.Now guys;listen to what he said after the WC match against US>I decided to rest my experience players on bench;so that if the Americans get tired;then i bring them in>ooooooh i see;LOL.Is he really a coach to say this?I rest my case.Sack him.period
  • xoxoKSxoxo says:
    August 05, 2014 02:54 pm
    Ya, but they still need a good coach, without which they can not contend. Kwesi Appiah is not it. If you are a die hard fan of the Black Stars and think we being harsh on Kwesi Appiah, then you should check your commitment in your support. The man had no coaching experience when they made him coach. He was not fit for the job yet he was appointed. He has proved that he cant do the job, what else do we need to see to compel GFA to fire him? Selecting a coach becos he is one of us is the most foolish reason to appoint one. Its exactly what they did. We saw his failure miles away but not everyone had foresight nor insight. Foreign coach is what we need, Black or White, just get a good and competent coach who knows his starting 11 before the start of a tournament. Ah bra Kwesi, you have disappointed me, but I expected it, yet I still hoped you would prove me wrong, so I held some faith but still. Healing will start for me only after you have left the post because you cant do any better than what you have already done. Dont try to prove me wrong, its ok.
  • dan says:
    August 05, 2014 02:55 pm
    GSN be professional kakra and credit the source of this story wae
  • Alias Muftah says:
    August 05, 2014 03:06 pm
    Kwasi Appiah must gooooooo
  • sam says:
    August 05, 2014 03:16 pm
    As a true ghanaian ghana needs a foreign coach.Appeah has failed us totally
  • Tom says:
    August 05, 2014 03:20 pm
    Good to hear that, This is what some us wanted to hear from day one.
  • judicael says:
    August 05, 2014 03:30 pm
    kwasi appiah is technically blind. He cannot handle black stars. he should go away.
  • jub says:
    August 05, 2014 03:53 pm
  • Emma says:
    August 05, 2014 04:41 pm
    Good News!!!!
  • xoxoKSxoxox says:
    August 05, 2014 04:43 pm
    Sallas Tetteh won gold in the U21 World Cup beating Brazil for the gold but u dont see us calling for him to be head coach of the B.S. Sallas Tetheh was the assistant coach in our maiden WC in 2006 and when the coach was shown the red card he took over for the rest of that game and actually coached in the WC of 2006 but we also know he is not the best man for the job. Kwesi Appiah was and assistant coach, he did not make the technical decisions when it came to the games that were played. Assistant coach does not mean he has what it takes to be a head coach. I have seen assistant coaches in other disciplines not able to handle the job when given the top job. KA is one of them. So to answer your question, What has he done wrong? He has failed in two tournaments proving he is not capable. He must go.
  • achei says:
    August 05, 2014 04:45 pm
    Kwesi appiah z a prospect for the future bt not now. If u ask me? I wud say he needs more learning. So the decision to bring a technical director z loudable bt a money waster. Again egos wont allow Appiah to accept a technical director expecially if the person has no world cup experience.
  • achei says:
    August 05, 2014 05:00 pm
    If they are sacking kwesi Appiah fine, no pee. Bt to replace or make Serbian Ljubinko Drulovic technical director, pls gfa give us a break
  • Boro says:
    August 05, 2014 05:05 pm
    Hahaha! Can any good decision come from Ghanaians who occupy leadership positions? A minister fails to do one simple thing and that leads to a chain of problems causing us to fail in meeting our target in Brazil then the GFA and the Coach who has no hands in all these '**** up' are blamed. We are indeed a country of no sense! We will oppose this move with all the energy we have. I disagree with both appointing a director for AA and his pay increase but trying to push AA from his job will meet all the opposition it deserves.
  • Benito says:
    August 05, 2014 05:12 pm
    It's a good move, he must go after all most of the playing body have lost faith in Appiah .
  • Tex says:
    August 05, 2014 05:27 pm
    Rock, Your statement has been one of the few logical responses I've seen in months. No Coach would have survived the circumstances Coach Appiah had to face. Not a snowballs chance. Aside from the administrative failures by the FA, and the internal melt down which clearly affected their performance against Portugal, Coach Appiah did the best with the hand he was dealt with. The USA game wasn't a good debut, but in his second game against Germany he did very well. At the end of the day it's up to the players to execute the game plan. It wasn't the Coaches fault that the players refused to practice for their final game against Portugal, it wasn't his fault John Boye played like garbage in the USA game and Portugal. It certainly wasn't the Coaches fault when Jordan Ayew failed to pass the ball not once but TWICE against Germany. I'm a first generation Ghanaian-American and so many of my friends wonder why I pull for Ghana instead of the USA when it comes to soccer. It's simple. Ghanaian players are vastly talented and often have to deal with far more adversity and less resources and yet they do very well (sans 2014 Brazil) in major international soccer tournaments. As I said in my previous post. I truly believe this team is a few minor changes away from being the first African Team to win a world cup with their current generation of players.
  • Kwabena piso says:
    August 05, 2014 05:33 pm
    AA please don't resign,we the true supporters of the BS wants you to be with the team.
  • Quophy says:
    August 05, 2014 06:09 pm
    That would be the best thing to happen to Ghana sports if Kwasi Appiah resigns. He sucks. The GFA want someone they can manipulate. If we want local coach Kwasi Appiah is not the one. Borbor has won the U-20 world cup and has coach Rwanda. Abdul Razak and host of them have all coach outside Ghana. Before Stephen Keshi became coach of Nigeria, he coached Mali, qualified Togo for the world cup. He also won the AFCON for his country. Kwasi Appiah just deserves the junior sides. He is a"Konongo kaya". Are we joking?
  • shine says:
    August 05, 2014 06:22 pm
    Why did Kwesi Appiah got family in Ghana? if yes then his family is witching him to rest in peaces. Someone should tell this Yawa coach Appiah to step down nicely or he shall never be the same man again for the rest of his life time. GFA should go ahead and apointed a new coach and sack Appiah thats simple indulgence. We need a coach who can take Ghana to the highest level and not a coach who always receives bribes from politicians. Is NPP and NDC thats ruining Ghanaian football Bribing the GFA and the coaches to perform low.
  • Lincoln says:
    August 05, 2014 06:25 pm
    AA must go we don't give a ****,he is killing our team with his clueless managerial style. He can't manage der players so he supposed to drop down immediately after der world cup he should drop down dat all.
  • Mumbi says:
    August 05, 2014 06:40 pm
    Hire Christopher Katongo as technical director , he can help you end trophy drought.
  • Tex says:
    August 05, 2014 07:47 pm
    xoxoKSxoxo, Your frustrations are based on what happened in Brazil. When you think about it and if you read all the reports surrounding the internal problems in the team it's impossible for any coach to succeed in the environment Coach Appiah was in. Look at other countries that were in the tournament this year especially the first year coaches. Belgium's Coach Marc Wilmots had no prior coaching experience a very young team and yet they progressed. What was the difference? For starters a strong FA who supported the coach and the team. They obviously didn't have any conflicts and if they did have problem players they would have weeded them out months before the tournament. Basic practices such as paying their players on time isn't even a thought. Trust me I was writhing in anger when I read the reports of what was happening because I'm a true fan, but yet Coach Appiah managed to survive an intolerable situation that was of no fault of his own. He put his players in the best position to win games, but unfortunately in professional sports players aren't held as accountable and the Coach ends up taking the bulk of the criticism. Examples?! John Boye playing poor defense in the first 30 seconds of their first game! That completely changes your game plan and you are forced to chase the game. Ghana ties on a great goal from Gyan to Ayew, and what happens 5 mins later? Johnathan Mensah allows the ball to touch him to give up a corner which led to the US winning. Is that the Coaches fault?! I think not. Were any of the players who played poorly chastised? Not at all! Just blame the Coach. Yes Coach Appiah needs more help, but please Ghana fans be realistic. Much of the blame NEEDS to be shared.
  • gingerbread says:
    August 05, 2014 08:09 pm
    AA has never been in charge of the B. Stars just that he doesn't have any control and respect in the dressing room. Besides, he is totally bankrupt in modern football. The earlier the better he has to be sack. Too puppet .
  • Milky says:
    August 05, 2014 08:13 pm
    Tex, I totally agree with xoxoKSxoxo. He has been stating facts and being very rational in his response. In these day and age, we don't have time to give people time. Time is something Ghana shouldn't give to any coach especially with the current crop of players. I personally have been saying this for ever - It's the players that has been carrying the coach. All the games we have won are from the players own hard work not our coach's doing. Sorry but our coach in technically not there. I also dont think xoxoKSxoxo is only looking at what happened in Brazil, he is looking at the whole picture since he AA was appointed coach. If we were playing good strategies and playing the right players, some of the mistakes that were committed wouldn't have happened...especially the free goal that our goalie gave to Ronaldo. Tex stop speaking for AA. He is really incompetent. We actually retrogressed since he took office. So why should we continue to support his guy. He was appointed to win AFCON, we rather placed 4th, and he was also appointed to go past the quarter finals and guess what, we didnt even make it out of the groups stages. C'mon bro...they are paying the guy with tax payers money, we cannot be experiencing with other people's money especially when the solution is well known. By the way, I like the way you respond with out insulting. Thanks
  • ANSONG says:
    August 05, 2014 09:07 pm
  • c 4mula says:
    August 05, 2014 09:34 pm
    Nathing show he can do the job
  • Alexander says:
    August 05, 2014 09:57 pm
    Tex, Have been reading your comments and it is clear your reading of the situation and analysis is mediocre to say the least. You seem to be clueless about coaching and team organization. First of all, the coach is technically part of the playing body and not an administrator. His job is to encourage, motivate, and beef up the players too give off their best. He is to stand for the players, listen and carry their concerns and problems to the Administrators.. Under no circumstances should the players talk directly with the administrators. So the coach should stand up to the FA admin and lead the players. On the field of play, he is to size up the players every second of the game and organize them accordingly. Then he is to read the game, make changes in the plays if necessary with the sole purpose of wining the game. YES, players ultimately must play to win and you did cite the USA game naming the bad plays of some players. Well, the game is played for 90mins not 30secs. So a good coach will make adjustments when things are not going well, even though it is true that even the best teams lose sometimes. By the way, how come "he did well in the German game". but it is the fault of the players that we lost the other two games? Does he have the power not to field players and change them? That is why there are 23 players and only 11 play at a time. The reason the coach takes the blame is because a game is not judged by a few individual plays like you keep citing, but the totality of the play of the whole team. This coach has been presented with the best team Ghana has ever assembled, a team, that was arguable the best in Brazil 2014. I will boldly say that the World Cup was ours. Yet we came out with only 1 point. The team doesn't need any minor changes, The problem is the technical bench, starting with Kwesi Appiah. He is a failure and is very incompetent. No excuses.