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Ghana FA to name new Black Stars coach next week, other coaches to follow

Published on: 04 January 2020
Ghana FA to name new Black Stars coach next week, other coaches to follow
Kwesi Appiah

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will name the new coach of the Black Stars and the other national team coaches next week, says president Kurt Okraku.

The President of the GFA made this assurance on Saturday following the decision to fire all the national team coaches in a drastic and unexpected move.

The focus of the decision has been on the firing of the Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah who had been in charge of the national team for the past two years.

The sacking includes the coaches for the men's and women's senior national teams and all men's and women's youth teams. In all, nine coaches were removed.

The move means Kwesi Appiah has been fired as coach of the men's senior team for the second time.

The GFA gave no reason for the decision when it announced it on Thursday but has now revealed that they will make the replacements next week when the Executive Council meets.

"We will make the announcement of our new coaches next week when the Executive Council meets. The Executive Council takes all the decisions so when we meet next week we will take the decisions and announce," Okraku told Joy FM.

Appiah appears to have paid for Ghana's disappointing African Cup of Nations campaign last year in Egypt, when the Black Stars lost to Tunisia on penalties in the last 16.

The decision to start again with the coaching staffs of all national teams came soon after the GFA announced the appointment of a new general secretary.

Appiah was coach of Ghana from 2012-14. He lost his job to former Chelsea manager Avram Grant but was re-hired in 2017.

Ghana is a four-time African champion but won its last continental championship in 1982. It has lost three African Cup finals since then, two of them in penalty shootouts.

The team was in the spotlight at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when it became only the third African team to reach the quarterfinals. It only just missed out on the semifinals by losing to Uruguay, again on penalties.

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