Kwesi Appiah lays down coaching credentials

Published on: 17 September 2011

Ghana Under-23 coach Kwesi Appiah announced his maturity in coaching by guiding the country to win a first All Africa Games gold at this year's edition.

He etches his name in Ghana's footballing folklore by becoming the first coach to end the country's 56-year wait for a Games gold medal.

The ex-international dropped a message of intent when he guided the Black Meteors to get the needed two qualification goals to eliminate Nigeria's Dream Team V in July.

Appiah's campaign was dealt a blow two days to the start of the competition when he lost starters Ben Acheampong and Malik Akowuah to injuries.

He makes a strong case for local coaches after his compatriots failed to impress at the CHAN tournament early this year and the 2012 London Olympics qualifiers.

The soft-spoken trainer suffered a blip last September when he took temporarily charge of the Black Stars to draw goalless with Sudan in the Nations Cup qualifier.

Appiah will have very little time to rest as he joins the senior national team next month, where he serves as assistant coach.

He must assist his boss Goran Stevanovic to hatch a plan to beat Sudan on 8 October in a final Nations Cup qualifier.

Three days later, Ghana will face rivals Nigeria in an international friendly scheduled for London.


  • ernesto
    says: 8 years ago
    am hapi 4 u k.appiah
  • poke
    says: 8 years ago
    Great work done Man all da best n we really appreciate Man............
  • Nana Kwesi-Shaker
    says: 8 years ago
    This man is soo humble and God has really crowned his hard work with a Gold Medal. Good Luck Kwesi As you move on with de Coaching Job..
  • Mr.N
    says: 8 years ago
    Good job if we give equal chance and support to local coaches as we do the so-called coaching mercenaries who are nobodies in their countries we would be able to win the world cup. Everything in soccer that we as a country had won had been done with a Ghanaian coach in charge. 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982 African cup on nations. 1991 and 1995 U-17 World Cup and 2009 U-21 World Cup just to name a few. Who said man no dey Man dey proper?
  • mlk
    says: 8 years ago
    Good Job man!
  • JAL
    says: 8 years ago
    All those who were calling this coach, Akwasi Appiah, names and raining insults after the first lost to South Africa should apologize either than that they will be punish by God with leprosy or madness.
  • AA
    says: 8 years ago
    Akwesi oooooo!!!!! Akwesi, Akwesi oooooo!!!! Akwesi For me I think this guy is technically good but Ghanaians talk too much whenever a day doesn't favour us. Akwesi and his boys all ghanaians say Aye koooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • millennium
    says: 8 years ago
    Mr.N, go and check your history well. The 1991 U-17 world cup was won by Otto PFISTER. Maybe at that time you were a baby - when we were cheering Kofi Nimo, Alex Opoku, Odartey Lamptey to do Ghana proud. Little kids of today must learn their history well and stop challenging grown-ups when we talk. All the same, Kwesi Appiah well done. Some of us have been your staunchest supporter all the way back to the days you used to don the no. three Jersey for the fabulous boys. We were there when you were robbed of the captaincy of the stars (you now coach) at the African cup of Nation in Senegal because you couldn't speak french. We will be there on the day you lead Ghana to win its first world cup just as you've led Ghana to win its first gold medals in all African-games soccer competition. Kudos. Faaaabu! Wo kum apem a, apem be ba.
  • OTM
    says: 8 years ago
    MR. N, You are right in your comment that all the trophies Ghana won were with local coaches. I only take issue with your assertion that the 1991 U-17 World Cup was won by a local coach. If my memory serves me right, I think German Coach Otto Pfister was in charge then. That said, I think you have made a great point that local coaches are not as bad as the picture going around in Ghana now, especially if we give you the needed support and logistics as the foreign coaches.
  • Cola
    says: 8 years ago
    Remember 1991 was done by Oto Pfister
  • Kwame
    says: 8 years ago
    Thank you Akwesi Appiah, i was one of the skeptics after the first lose but you have indeed shown your worth. You have also shown that with the right local coach we can achieve result and that it is not always about local coaches for local coaches sake but the right local coach. Bobor did it and you have done it. I therefore think that if local coaches are made to understudy the whites it yields result. Keep it up and aim at making the Black Stars yours. God Bless you.
    says: 8 years ago
    My Bro JAL,I raise my hands.I was one of them.I was getting fed up with him.Now he's proved a point. lets hope he's able to translate the same confidence,leadership and guard to the SENIOR SIDE.Well done to him.
  • lawry-b
    says: 8 years ago
    we need you at the under 20 not wellington, prove that you can also take the world cup then you will get some african national team to coach,but not the black stars cos you have to get FIFA pro licence and experience. if you want the black stars job upgrade.
  • oti
    says: 8 years ago
    cola, or whoever... the 1991 starlets success was not the handiwork of otto pfister, never. He took the team to Italy, yes...but it was at a time Jim Amoah and Oko Aryee had picked, groomed and trained the boys for over 9 solid months. Some of us critised the last minute change of technical headship.It was otto pfisters silver medal at senegal 92 which convinced the then FA to grant him the starlets. This is a fact of history
  • Bob Cedis
    says: 8 years ago
    May God Open your Mind And Guide you so you will Focus on What you are Doing ,I Tell you What The Sky Will Not Be the Limit But Above the Sky Will Be the Limit. Good Show the Son Of the Land Akwasi Appiah We are Proud of you