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Stephen Appiah should be made 'redefined' team manager of the Black Stars - Baffoe

Published on: 22 February 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Ex Ghana international Anthony Baffoe says Stephen Appiah is best suited to take up a ‘redefined’ team manger role in the Black Stars.

The former Koln and Fortuna Dusseldorf defender’s comments joins a chorus of suggestions being made to improve the national team following Ghana’s disappointing finish at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to the FIFA and CAF match general cordinator, current team managers are rather working as welfare officers.

Baffoe believes these are some of the needed changes to be made not only in the Black Stars, but the other national teams and even clubs.

“Team manger in Ghana is a welfare officer but team manager in Europe is a very high position,” he said on GTV’s Stage Africa show.

“This is a person you knows the game, often a former player so has the respect of all.

“Its more like a team director, a very high position.

“Look at people like Oliver Bierhoff, Mathias Sammer, Fernando Hierro. Have you seen the way they play their role as team managers?”

The 47-year-old adds ex Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is the most equip to take up the ‘redefined’ role of a team manager in the Black Stars.

“For me, Stephen Appiah is the right person to play this role.”


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • MUSAH FIFA says:
    February 23, 2013 06:07 am
    give us their names, so do you think you know better than Tony? confusion, when ever something good come to Ghana you will see some confusion people will try to damage it.
  • MUSAH FIFA says:
    February 23, 2013 06:17 am
    i really agree with your commment, but is not late to let him learn, because all the team managers we have before has not all that experience but they push them there to do the job, so is not late to let him go to Europe and learn so that he can be better team manager.
  • Africanus says:
    February 23, 2013 03:47 am
    My sentiments exactly. We like to copy Europeans without taking time to analyze the rationale behind the decision they make. Most European footballers have higher and perhaps better education than Ghanaian players. I don't know if Stephen Appiah ever graduated from high school. A lot more than football skills is required to manage any entity. You just don't pick anyone just because he is able to kick a football, to manage a team. The best Ghanaian coach ever, C. K. Gyamfi was not only a former Black Stars player. Before he was charged with the responsibility of managing the Black Stars, Kwame Nkrumah sent him to German to study coaching and management for two good years. Any wonder that he is the most successful coach Ghana has ever had? Our leaders of today are only interested in quick-fix. Quick fixes do not provide lasting solutions.
  • cool says:
    February 22, 2013 06:20 pm
    Steven Appiah and Akwasi Appiah Combination will be a disaster.It will be like the blind leading the blind and eventually Ghana football will end up in a ditch.Wake up Ghana, spend some money and bring in quality people
  • cool says:
    February 22, 2013 05:59 pm
    I fully agree that we have to get a team manager and he might be the right person for the job.Do we just select people because they played the game or do we pick someone with a proven track record? I hope we shall pick someone who had proven time and time again that he can do the job. This is not the time to experiment or learn on the job.Already, we have our hands full with a block headed coach.
  • texas says:
    February 22, 2013 12:57 pm
    I totally agree with Tony!
  • King says:
    February 22, 2013 01:40 pm
    Perfectly right and Spot On!. Is the GFA listening?
  • Chu says:
    February 22, 2013 01:53 pm
    So didn't you say anything about that donkey coach?
  • carruthersman says:
    February 22, 2013 01:54 pm
    Nyantakyi should listen to the expert. Tony Baffoe is a PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PRAYER whilst Nyantakyi is a SOCCER POLITICIAN. all that soccer politicians know to do is to enjoy and blow the country's money high time, without doing nothing for the game like all Ghanaian politicians who only work for their pockets.
  • Yankeeman says:
    February 22, 2013 02:17 pm
    Also the management committee shud be manage by our old players,people like Nyantakyi and saanie Daara are only interested in syphoning cash from govt to fill their bellies.
  • MAWUDEKA says:
    February 22, 2013 02:25 pm
  • BX, NYC says:
    February 22, 2013 03:04 pm
    Please take action RIGHT NOW.. and give Stephen Appiah the position.. He even needs to be a consultant to the currently blind coach..
  • nestadead says:
    February 22, 2013 03:23 pm
    Absolutely rubbish, what about all the other professional players who also have played for Ghana and also in top european teams, its typical of Tony trying to get his close friends tighter grip on the national team, he might have been captian but there is no way he has the ability or level management skills to deal with such positions. there are better candidates with more experience across board than stephen.