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Legend Stephen Appiah wants ceasefire on criticism and abuse of Ghana coach

Published on: 21 February 2013

Ex-Ghana star Stephen Appiah has appealed to soccer fans not to over-criticize coach Kwesi Appiah following the country’s failure to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Appiah has been subjected to massive verbal abuse by some fans who turned on him as the reality and pain of failure became inevitable after placing fourth at the continental showpiece in South Africa.

Fans plunged into mourning after the Black Stars crashed out at the semi-final stage, losing to Burkina Faso at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit.

The pain was even compounded when they lost the third-and-fourth placed match to Mali sparking calls for Appiah’s removal.

But the ex-Ghanaian defender has been backed by his masters who have called on the fans to reflect on the issue soberly.

The former Ghana skipper said on Thursday that while he understood the pain endured by the fans, it is important to calm down and reflect on the bigger picture.

“We have to look ahead and stop the culture of sacking coaches when things go wrong,” Appiah told Happy FM

“What is the point in sacking the coach? I don’t think that is the solution.

“Even if we bring in Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho and the root causes are not dealt with, it will amount to nothing.

“There is nothing even the two renowned coaches can do. So for me we should give him all the necessary support.”

Coach Appiah has confirmed he will ring changes to his squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan on March 24.


  • pito says:
    February 21, 2013 10:13 am
    Tornado well said. I think A.A has been over criticized and that is not fair. We should be patient with him now amd hope he picks up going into the sudan game. I think our frustration also lied in the fact that Akwasi left out quality tested players with Afcon experience for untested players and those in weak leagues and those who hasnt seen league action for a whole season. I wish Appiah all the best going into sudan game, select quality players you can trust quality to always deliver. Thank You.
  • kk says:
    February 21, 2013 11:52 am
    How dare El Capit0ocompare Akwasi Appiah with Fergosson and Mourihno? AA is not even a coach. he is just a former footballer which his clan man Nyantakyi has force into coaching and missery. Ghana will not qualify for the qorld cup with AA in Charge. Period
  • Nana, USA says:
    February 21, 2013 12:28 pm
    @KK...Did u read the article at all? Ofui! read before u comment. What do u know about football?
  • Africanus says:
    February 21, 2013 12:55 pm
    The reaction from Ghanaians follow our failure in SA is no different from the way other coaches who came before Kwasi Appiah have been treated. If you want to be a national coach you must be ready and able to take the heat, else don't dare.
  • PAK says:
    February 21, 2013 01:17 pm
    Appiah talked about the root causes of the Black Stars woe, but failed to mention even a single one of these root causes.
  • Ajax says:
    February 21, 2013 02:20 pm
    Tornado we all respect u too much so stay away frm this man he is a betrayer.Don't trust him he is among those betray u from 2010 till now.Be bold nd point out the root causes nd we wil tackle them seriously.Thank you we Love you our dependable capito.
  • mojahadine says:
    February 21, 2013 02:26 pm
    Who the hell does this unqualified coach thinks he is? Criticisms will not stop until you quits. AKWESI APPIAH YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED AND THE ONLY WAY THE CRITICISMS WILL STOP IS WHEN YOU QUIT