Watch Live Matches

I would have quit Black Stars if were Kwesi Appiah- Dwarfs coach JE Sarpong

Published on: 01 July 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah on the bench at the 2014 World Cup finals.

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Veteran Ghanaian trainer Josep Emmanuel Sarpong has told that he would have stepped down as Black Stars coach if he were in Kwesi Appiah's shoes.

Appiah, who failed to guide the Black Stars to progress from the Group stage, is under-pressure to quit but the ex-international has vowed to stay on.

Reports of player revolt and indiscipline has heralded the team’s early elimination from the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Kevin Prince Boateng, who was sacked from camp for verbally abusing the coach in the full glare of the other players, accused Kwesi Appiah of being influenced by some players in making his selections.

Sarpong says he would have humbly resigned had he been in a similar situation like Appiah.

“Kwesi had and will always have our support. But the situation he finds himself and the fact that Keshi resigned despite leading his team to the knockout stages makes his situation awkward,” the Ebusua Dwarfs coach told

“I will sincerely have resigned if I was in his situation if not people will be thinking there is something there that he is holding on to.

“The players revolt did no help the situation I must say.”


This article has 40 comment(s), give your comment
  • PITO says:
    July 02, 2014 01:45 am
    HERE ARE THE PLAYERS THOUGHT PROCESS WITH A.A IN CHARGE: 1) Kwadwo Asamoah: (thinking) why am I playing Left Back. The whole nation does’nt have a LB? David Addy, Baba Rahman, jeffrey schlup, harrison Afful, Opare. Why or why? Kwasi Appiah says: oh just shutup and obey me. KPB: (thinking) why am i on this bench this is our must win game. I’m I that bad? i am the most highly rated player on this team. or i’m i deceiving myself. They even begged me to come play for them. oh man, i am itching to play. Kwasi Appiah: oh just shutup and sit ur ass on that bench. highly rated my foot. obey me! Essien: (Thinking) ah why i’m i on the bench. I still got quality in me yet. With my seniority and experience I can change this game. or i’m i really that expired? Akwasi Appiah: You are too known essien. Just shut up and sit on the bench boy.Obey me. Kwarasey: (thinking)I am the best goalkeeper in norway. Why i’m i on the bench. Was those two goals really my fault? ei. I’m not even sure anymore. damn i must suck. Someone tell me I dont suck. oh my confidence. i am not comfy anymore. Akwasi Appiah: you don’t suck. But I need someone more rugged. unlike fatau, You dont jump around like a goat on heat in the post. Your goalkeeping style is too relaxed for my liking. sit your ass down! Obey me. Andre Ayew: Damn I am sweating on the pitch too much. Why is all my best colleagues on the bench. some of These guys I am with on the pitch are still learning. They are too wasteful! je me discouragion. Akwasi Appiah: You are lucky to be starting. If you don’t shutup you will join them on the bench bia. huh. i am not joking! hmm. Ok. substitution. Come sit your ass down. Wakaso dress up and go in. Nonsense! next time obey me. you people want the testicles of the team to be STOMPED on three times before you take action but by the time there will be no Black Stars. Hoe many of us did not complain about taking Adomah, solomon asante and kissi boateng to afcon. How many of us did not complain about not calling in formidable defenders to world cup after Akaminko was injured. Akwasi Appiah is not a coach. He is a mallam. He plays inferiority complex tactics. He himself is confused and right now the players in camp hate each other because of Akwasi Appiah stupidly twisting their mind all the time which has zero benefits. If he odesnt resign sooner or later Ghana b3 fono no. SACK HIMMMMMM!!!!!!!
  • Tetteyfio says:
    July 02, 2014 02:47 am
    JE Sarpong - Thank God you are not the coach so you cannot resign
  • Tetteyfio says:
    July 02, 2014 02:50 am
    Undisciplined players; they only listen to and respect foreign coaches. We need a foreign coach unless we can get a no-nonsense Ghanaian coach.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 02, 2014 03:04 am
    PITO,you are too good
  • selfmade says:
    July 02, 2014 03:15 am
    People are just been hypocritical here and am not amused or surprise at all! Forumites are making it seems like Ghana always impressed in the WC but the truth of the matter is that, in south Africa, we NEARLY DIDNT QUALIFY from our group! Australia aided our qualification by beating Serbia and had the ref gave the Serbs their legitimate goal, we WLD have been out! That group was relatively easier compared to this group! People should stop this double standard! Our group was the group of death and rightly so because it went to the wire and even Germany didn't have it all that easy and I still maintain that non of the four Africa rep WLD have come out of this group considering how they struggled even in their perceived easy group and that is fact! With our play, Ghana was marveoulsy wonderful in this WC compared to the two previous editions where our play was DISJOINTED and we sometimes scrapped thru most of our matches! Yes I know that people are emotionally hurt and emotionally hurt people cannot make fair judgments but as for me, I psyche myself before the WC and toned down my expectations and I can judged pretty well now! Ghana was AWESOME IN ALL OUR MATCHES and I have already said even prior to this WC that, the NEXT AFCON IS OURS TO TAKE! I said before the beginning of this WC that, the experience that ll be gained in the WC shld guard us to win the next AFCON and now is the time! I just want people to take their time, tone down with their emotional rantings and take a critical look at our performances in this WC and they ll understand me much better! We didn't disgrace ourselves on the field of play but the distractions from mgt and the minister collapsed everything! Am not praising medicrioty but I still have high hope for this players and the technical team and should we put our house in order w.r.t the mgt, we ll end our long AFCON hiatus in Morocco! I Wang forumites for the first time, seize this opportunity to force the mgt members out because we have always put the blame on our coaches and we still have the same problems happening which means that the coaches are not our Achilles heel but the mgt members! This is the time fellas!
  • OGYA says:
    July 02, 2014 01:32 am
    Please stop bringing up JORDAN AYEW. He is annoying
  • askantwi says:
    July 02, 2014 12:43 am
    You are a genious.
  • askantwi says:
    July 02, 2014 12:48 am
    You never talk about those indiscipline players. They all must be rooted out. Essien, Muntari, Kevin, Boye, Gyan, Andre and Jordan.
  • Enoch says:
    July 01, 2014 11:53 pm
    Ghanaian coaches even in the local league never resign when their teams are not performing how much more a national team coach. Keshi resigned despite leading his team to the knockout stages. Ghana's target was the semi finals and Appiah brought the team home after the group stages. He must resign now and now.
  • chicken says:
    July 01, 2014 02:56 pm
    good show coach Sarpong the man wants to chop thats why :)))
  • amoah freeman says:
    July 01, 2014 03:04 pm
    Wise thought Wise saying
  • amoah freeman says:
    July 01, 2014 03:06 pm
    Wise thought Wise saying
  • banger says:
    July 01, 2014 03:27 pm
  • Tanko says:
    July 01, 2014 03:43 pm
    Appiah is not resigning because he has no sense of reasoning. He should resign not not because Keshia did but because it's the right thing to do. The players don't respect him and would never. Besides the failure, your only stay there explains that what Boateng said was true that Assnoah and Boye managed you instead of the vice versa. Ain that a shame. Nyantakyi must also go period
  • Nigeria the best in everything says:
    July 01, 2014 03:44 pm
    Quit for what reason ?
  • alaji one says:
    July 01, 2014 03:57 pm
    what kwesi appiah is still wiating? infart he shd stepdown before tunder strak him deadoooooooooo!
  • Experience Coach says:
    July 01, 2014 04:02 pm
  • alaji one says:
    July 01, 2014 04:03 pm
    we need a good coach not appiah even s keshi can do better.
  • Experience Coach says:
    July 01, 2014 04:24 pm
  • Tzooh says:
    July 01, 2014 04:28 pm
    I think he should resign and GFA should also put the nations interest at heart and do the right. GFA officials tried to make money off the players which caused the disagreement. It's high time ppl put Ghana first instead of their own selfish needs. I suggest making Sellas Tetteh the coach and building the team around Tetteh's 2009 and 2013 squad. I mean just imagine 2018 squad: GK: Adams, Daniel Agyei, Eric Antwi/Kwarasey RB: inkoom, opare LB: Baba Rahman, David Addy CB: Vorsah, Jonathan, Ainooson/ Edusei, Lawrence Lartey/Sumaila/Akaminko CM: Badu, Acquah, Seidu Salifu/ Rabiu CAM: Clifford Aboagye, Kwadwo Asamoah Wingers: Ayew (captain), Atsu, Frank Acheamping, Jordan/Accam ST: Assifuah, Waris, Richmond a Boakye Yiadom. Sellas Tetteh has coached most of these players and they trust him to get results cos they have flourished under him. I think this is the best way to move forward.
  • Adebayo says:
    July 01, 2014 05:09 pm
    Keshi has the quality to get coaching jobs all over the world, he played professional soccer and has investments he can rely on to provide for his family. How can you compare him to AA! He should resign and go where? Did anyone see a well worked set piece in all of AA's matches? The entire BS management committee should go. Even if the KPB and Muntari offences were terrible crimes, the disciplinary action on the morning of an important match was really ingenious!
  • Sean says:
    July 01, 2014 05:34 pm
    OMG another match fixing scandal within the Cameroonian team wow Africa and Nyantakyi hmmmm
  • selfmade says:
    July 01, 2014 05:44 pm
    As much as I want AA to go, I think is about time and the right moment for Ghanaians for the first time pushes the gov to punish these three guys namely Elvis ADWAMAN ANKRAH, yamin and NYANTAKYI! There has been an established trend in this country whereby after every tournament fiasco, the first person to face the music is the head coach or the players without looking at the big men behind the fiasco! The problems are not only technical issues related but mgt issues too! The poor managerial issues are deep and that is the canker or cancer that needs to be address! Muntari, asked the mgt c'ttee why so many mgt members? And for me that is the QUESTION OF THE DECADE! Muntari is a passionate Ghanaian and his love for this country is A-RATED! Our minsiter was FUCKING all the female contingents in Brazil and some of the players saw what was going on and decided to go the same way! This is a very serious issue and criminal offense because non of these guys can tell us that, they spend even a cent on the notorious things they did in camp! They turned the national camp into a HOUSE OF WHORES and as country, we have to arrest these guys and prosecute! If we fail to do this, NO COUNTRY ON THIS PLANET LL TAKE US SERIOUS AGAIN! A state minister physically ASSAULTING A GHANAIAN FAN, players and officials been paid in the full glare of live audience is the most disgraceful thing that can happen to any country and the president has to restore OUR IMAGE BY PROSECUTION! This is the only way our countries ll respect us again! Now, finally, the gov has BNI and what is the use of this good for nothing investigate body? Just arresting innocent citizens whiles there are serious crimes to be investigated? I want the gov to secretly investigate KWASI ISSA HAYATOU NYANTAKYI because that guy is the RICHEST GHANAIAN ALIVE! This guy was the fa president in WC 2006,WC 2010 and WC 2014 and in all these wcs, the apperance fees as well as the monies accrued from it wasn't accounted for and I know that NYANTAKYI has millions of dollars than even the so called richest Ghanaian! There is a saying that we destroy and RE-BUILD and peace can only be establish when there is anarchy!! Yes FIFA ll come in but we ll finally find out the truth! This is the time for our authorities to do something because NYANTAKYI is already been investiagted by F.B.I AND C.I.A hires by the telegraphy news paper in order to vindicate themselves and this is the time for our gov to start its own investigation!
  • selfmade says:
    July 01, 2014 05:59 pm
    We have to investigate the sports minister and his assistant, AA and konadu, john boye, Jonathan mensah and fatau dauda! Nyantakyi is already under investigation by F.B.I AND CIA! If these guys thinks that they can tricked a white man who has spend huge betting money for him to lose, then they are living on another planet! The betting companies that lost huge sums of monies are hurting and has already employed serious, private investigative bodies to investigate what happened in group g and these fellas ll face the music very soon! Against the USA, we fixed the match and AA deliberately benched essien,,KPB and afful because he was told to do so! He maybe involved in personally or he was ordered to do so! NYANTAKYI, Elvis and yamin are the main culprits here and the gov start their probe with immediate effect!! Against Portugal, dauda, john boye and Jonathan mensah should be investigated too because they sold the match to the Portuguese and boye decided to score more own goals but he cldnt! Duada deliberately pushed the ball to ronaldo!! We ll be disgrace after the WC! Wait and see! Our next friendly match ll be in the united states against the yanks! Mark it!
  • Benny says:
    July 01, 2014 06:42 pm
    Can somebody tell me who pays for Nyantakyi,his wife and two children on board business class flight To Brazil and staying in five star hotel.
  • Mellon says:
    July 01, 2014 06:48 pm
    AA has no shame! He's Technically deficient! He's waiting for Ghanaians to force him out!
  • SHANGO says:
    July 01, 2014 07:10 pm
    I know you hate Ghana, that is why you will support a weak and clueless coach like Appiah. This is decent comments, so no insults please, but rebuff with facts. Eyes watching us.
  • SHANGO says:
    July 01, 2014 07:11 pm
    GFA of course. Benny, but who else
  • Sami says:
    July 01, 2014 07:19 pm
    All the other teams are good except we Africans. **** AA! **** GFA! really hurts me. wanna see ghana play!!! today we could have played against Belgium and everybody knows we are better..!!!! forza Ghana! hope we will make in russia 2018
  • Antwi says:
    July 01, 2014 08:20 pm
    I can't stand you @Selfmade, If I were you bro, I would apologise to the fellow forum mate before I say anything else. You were blindly supporting Dr. Akwasi Appiah's appointment and instulting anyone who didnt share your opinion. I remember words like 'mental slavery' were used on those that dare to air a contrary view. I won't defend anybody like that, unless I believe 100% in the person, cos when he fails I share his failure. Dr. Akwasi Appiah has failed woefully, I think if you want anybody here to treat any post from you serious, then you should apologise for your wrong judgement. I've never picked on anybody cos I believe people are entitled to their opinion, you didn't give anybody that privilege. You best apologies to those you disrespected during that time. I believe we should start afresh, all those in charge of this campaign should go. They've done well, three World Cups appearance is commendable. It's time they take the back stage and let others also contribute. To Dr. Akwasi Appiah, i'd money ain't everything, there's something call dignity. Do the honourable thing by resigning at least we deserve that.
  • coach says:
    July 01, 2014 08:31 pm
    I wonder why the local coaches cannot tell Appiah in the face that he is just not up to the task. Appiah is Kokoase coach who does not know his left from his right regarding coaching. Nyatakyi knew Appiah will fail that is why he hurriedly offered him contract extension a week before the WC just to tied him up with the team so that he could not be sack after his failure. Nyatakyi must be charge with causing financial lost to the state because there was no need to have given Appiah contract extension especially when he had not done any thing to deserve new contract and was yet to be tested
  • selfmade says:
    July 01, 2014 08:50 pm
    Antwi... Nobody can't achieve anything when the center cannot hold! AA is not the problem but the fa mgt team! Instead of u uprooting the underlying cause of our failures in all major competitions,u are as usual putting the blame on the coach just as we have been doing for the past decades!! U don't even know what u saying mate! Didn't we have a foreign coach in AFCON 2012 andand what was his performance and his subsequent reports after the competition? This guy came with a damning report about our team and how we used juju on one another and the same thing happened in Brazil with certain players unless u don't know about it! The problem wasn't the coaches but the mgt we have in place! Open your eyes and see clearly because we can have the best coach on the planet but if the top cannot hold, we ll never achieve anything! Ghanaians are so blind that they can't simply dissect where the problem is coming from! If the fa members are talking about fixing a match, what can the coach do! If fa members are taking their whole families including grandmums to each and every major competitions sharing the per diem and relaxing in business class,how ll the players and even the technical crew feel? U don't even know what u saying and maybe u thinking that the coaches are MAGICIANS! Our mgt team are not serious and the coach has nothing to do with this! Was appiah the one that delayed the appearance fee? Was AA the one that was PUSSY HUNTING IN BRAZIL? Did sulley or KPB question why there were so many fa members in camp? Think like a man because the players were pissed off with the fa members and the minister and not with AA! Any smart person can put all the things that happened in Brazil in correct perspective and conclude correctly that our downfall was with the way we planned the whole trip! The camp was divided right from the start as we have KPB GROUP AND ASAMOAH GROUP and we now understand why Jordan didn't pass the ball to gyan in the Germany match because he belongs to the KPB group that were pissed off with the mgt and not with AA! Dede ayew is also a member of the KPB GROUP but when he scored his equalizing goal for Ghana,he ran all the way to hug AA and that should tell u something! If u thinking that sacking AA ll solve our problems, then am sorry to tell u that u don't know what u saying!! The problem is not with AA or the technical team but with the corrupt fa mgt and better open your eyes mate! Finally, I want u to look critically at our WC matches and tell me if there was a problem with our play? I want u to be honest with me! Though, we couldn't qualify to the knockout stages, we didn't disgrace ourselves on the field of play but rather we DISGRACE OURSELVES WITH OFF THE FIELD ISSUES which is mgt related !!
  • selfmade says:
    July 01, 2014 08:57 pm
    Antwi.... Mark this today mate, AA be sack or he ll go but our national team ll never achieved anything if we don't change our FA MGT MEMBERS!! Mark this today that we ll go to the next AFCON with a new probably white coach and we ll experience the same problems!! KPB has said that, some MGT MEMBERS are using the players as CASH COW and making monies off them and this ll never stop until we UPROOT the basic problem or the cause which the old MEMBERS IN THE FA! I know u and your kind ll continue to make SCAPEGOATS OUT OF COACHES after every touranment but as for ME AND MYSELF, I KNOW THE PROBLEM is not with our coaches but with OUR POOR MGT MEMBERS!
  • mukmin says:
    July 01, 2014 09:08 pm
    That doesn't change the fact that Appiah sucks as a coach and manager, him and and the FA just need to go away. An incompetent FA hired an incompetent coach which led to a disastrous campaign. We need and overhaul they all need to go like yesterday.
  • selfmade says:
    July 01, 2014 09:38 pm
    Mukmin.... I know u are one of the best bloggers here and I read all your posts! Can u honestly tell me our performances in this WC? Just be honest! Ghana was the best African team in Brazil with all our off field issues and i know that alot of people are pissed off but what people has also forgotten is that, NON OF THE FOUR AFRICA REP WLD. HAVE COME OUT OF OUR GROUP with their performance in Brazil! We were in an unbelievably tough group and though we could have done better, our FIELD OF PLAY WASNT BAD AT ALL and in most cases we have won alot of HEART with our performances in Brazil! Am not deluded, am not illusionary but this has been AA BEST PERFORMANCE AS A COACH!! South Africa AFCON was a shame but he did well in Brazil unless u can't be objective!! Had we planned this trio very well, AA WLD HAVE SHAME ALL HIS CRITICS! How do u want a coach to performed to his optimal best when the playing body decided not to train a day after a important match? Can someone explain to me with a reasonable answers how any coach can perform in such a conditions or situations? KPB said that he told the fa president to fixed our traveling arrangements and why are people blindly blaminfthe coach rather than those who were supposed to plan this trip? KPB again said that he lost most of his stuffs and am 100 % sure that most of the players and even the technical crew also faces the same dilemma but people don't want to talk about these important troubling issues but rather beating about the BUSH! A lot of forumites can be forgiven because most of them has never been around players before but I have been around a lot of Ghanaian players both in kotoko and hearts and I perfectly understand the mentality of footballers! A LIL DISTURBANCES PRIOR TO A MATCH can make them LOSE IT ALL! I want forumites to mark it today, that, come AFCON the same problems ll rear its head again with a different coach! Mark it!
  • africansense says:
    July 02, 2014 08:10 am
    What you are saying is very true
  • Asem says:
    July 02, 2014 08:50 am
    l have watched all our matches more the3 times each and we really did well!even if we had converted in each match,three chances,we would have gone far!! watching GH/USA??chnaces upon chances! l was really annoyed with myself; when l watched USA and Belgium match!!
  • nananom says:
    July 02, 2014 11:42 am
    Foolish FA , Corrupt people we had a person who took black stars to Run of 16 and this person was sacked and we also had the one who took B stars to Q finals and this person too was sacked because money and now we are having a person who took us took us to Brasil just for one point and this corrupt FA are still keeping this foolish Coach and playing with our minds .
  • Stev says:
    July 03, 2014 12:22 pm
    The mngmt and the coach has to go and make way for competent people to come.They always go and come back empty handed with bigger expenditures for nothing good whiles we have schools under trees and the govmnt is paying over 3million dollars fire burn the GFA, YANTAKYIE,and that one called a COACH. FIRE BURRRRRRRRN THEM ALLL!!!!
  • Bruce Lee says:
    August 25, 2014 02:17 pm
    Stop the paah paah, coach Sarpong. It's always easier said than done. Even the $1000 you are paid does not get you to resign. How many times haven't you been sacked by teams in Ghana? You koraa, what have you won before as a coach. All you know is appear on cheap TV and radio programs to talk about what you yourself do no have any idea. TALK IS CHEAP!!!