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Ghana coach Appiah to go on attachment with a top European club

Published on: 10 April 2012

New Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will go on an attachment with a top club in Europe before the 2014 World Cup qualifiers start in June.

The former international was handed the post on permanent basis on Monday and he agreed the terms of his contract following a meeting with the Ghana FA on Tuesday.

GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi says they will do everything possible for the ex-defender to succeed and that includes an immediate stint with a top European club.

Nyantakyi said: "the FA has decided to offer Mr. Kwesi Appiah some training" to help him meet the targets of "reaching the [2014] World Cup semi-finals and to win the Africa Cup of Nations".

He added: "We'll very soon announce a training programme which will include acquiring skills in management and boosting his confidence, including taking him to some of these big clubs abroad for attachments.

"We want him to be on top of the job. We don't want him to fail. We do not want him to encounter any difficulties or problems.

"So whatever we perceive to be a likely cause of problem to affect his performance, we'll take the necessary steps to rectify it."

Appiah's first task will be to prepare the team for a World Cup 2014 qualifying match at home to Lesotho in June.

That will be followed by a chance for Ghana to gain revenge over their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final victors Zambia - it was that 1-0 defeat which ultimately led to the dismissal of Stevanovic.

Appiah will be desperate to avoid a similar fate against the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners in only his second match in permanent charge of Ghana, as he aims to make a strong start in Group D.

Sudan are the other team in the group, which is the second of three rounds of qualifying for the tournament in Brazil.

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