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I won't be distracted by technical director reports - Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

Published on: 07 January 2014
Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah insists he has received no word from the Ghana FA or the Sports Ministry of engaging the services of a technical director – reports he describes as a ‘distraction’ that he wouldn't allow to alter his plans for the World Cup.

Several reports have been published in the Ghanaian media of ongoing talks to convince the ex Ghana captain to agree to the unwarranted technical support being sought for by authorities.

Reports first shot up of a link with German coach Klaus Topmoller after which former Chelsea coach Avram Grant to a technical director job which is currently occupied by Francis Oti Akenteng.

Rumours still circulating have thrown other names into the plot but the Ghana FA have remained consistent in their denial of such plans.

Coach Akwasi Appiah has finally broken his silence on the issue – describing it as a distraction to his focus of assembling a strong team for the World Cup finals in June.

“Personally I believe everyone has a premeditated destiny and for that my focus is fully in the job at hand,” he told Metro FM.

“I have had several meetings with the Ghana FA and they have never raised such an issue.

“The [Sports] Ministry have also made no indication of the sort so for me these reports are just to distract me.

“But I will remain focused on my job and will not be deterred by such rumours.”

Ghana will be making just its third appearance at the World Cup in this summer’s edition in Brazil.

The Black Stars a drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • askantwi says:
    January 07, 2014 06:43 pm
    Great. Just pay them detractors no mind. They are just jealous of your success. Especially the hearts of oak fans who are secretly praying that the Black Stars loses and fail in their quest at the world cup. They are a disgraceful bunch and God go punish them all.
  • OGYA says:
    January 07, 2014 07:28 pm
    He needs a qualified Technical help, whether he likes it or not. This stupid Ghanaian mentality that "I know what I am doing, I do not need any help" is the reason why we haven't progressed as a nation since independence. All those countries who were at par with us when we got independence have all surpassed us in every aspect of life. Reason, they listened, got help and used it to develop themselves. Akwesi Appiah is not a world class coach nor has he ever coached in any world cup as far as we know. Having that qualified help with him on that big stage will keep his mind at ease whenever we got behind in a world cup game. He needs to accept all the help he can get to help him learn and succeed. And with that experience he could be a more stronger coach the next time Ghana qualified again for another world cup. For Ghanaians its always our egotistical attitude that has become our downfall. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ACCEPTING HELP, IF THAT HELP WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED EVENTUALLY?
  • boro says:
    January 07, 2014 09:30 pm
    If this idea of technical directorship for the BS is not coming from GFA or sports ministry then who are the people trying to push this agenda. I will not be surprised if this agenda is coming from these dinosaurs so called football gurus. They failed woefully during their tenure yet they won't shut up! They first said AA is confused for always using different set of players during the qualifiers and that AA cannot get the BS to Brazil bla, bla. He has proved all of us wrong and instead of eating our humble pie because of our own selfish interest and our useless egoistic nature which won’t take us anywhere we try to distract AA with this baseless idea. What even annoys me the more are the names such Topmoeller and Avram Grant who have run out of ideas in coaching. I admit the coach needs to improve in some of the areas such reading the game whiles in progress to change his tactics or do the right substitutions or even how to bring on board interposition changes without necessarily replacing players. I noticed some of these problems during the qualifiers. Even if he needs technical director, the man is not dumb. When he needed the video analyst and a psychologist for the team he did not hesitate in asking the FA. Please, you enemies of progress the coach is saying these type of rumors are unintelligent distractions so stop it if you have nothing better to contribute. And for those who think AA is not up to the standard, what I will like to ask them is: were Doya and Milo up to the standard when they took Ghana? Why didn’t we suggest same to them when they took us to the WC? Hmmmm Coach’ abre ooo tom’. This is the time we all need to rally behind the coach and bring on board good ideas that can help the team but not this unnecessary distraction
  • Milky says:
    January 07, 2014 10:23 pm
    I personally dont think our coach is a good one. He doesn't play with any tactics or discipline. I have seen both local and foreign coaches who play with tactics but not him. Our coach is being carried by the current inform team that Ghana has. The players are the main reason we have qualified not the coach. He does look like a good though.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    January 08, 2014 01:27 am
    ogya maybe ur mother or father can help him abi.