Maxwell Konadu finally fired as Ghana assistant coach

Published on: 15 March 2019
Maxwell Konadu finally fired as Ghana assistant coach
Maxwell Konadu

Ghana assistant coach Maxwell Konadu has finally been fired from the Black Stars post despite several denials when exclusively revealed the report last week.

He was given his marching orders on Thursday afternoon when chairman of the Normalisation Committee of the Ghana FA Dr Kofi Amoah told him of the decision with just four months to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The decision was taken by head coach Kwesi Appiah who is reshuffling his backroom staff ahead of their participation at the tournament to be held in Egypt in June.

Coach Appiah has never been in favour of the decision to appoint Konadu as one of his assistants and now with his hands strengthened by the GFA leadership that appointed him, he has taken the chance to do away with the former Asante Kotoko.

When Ghana's leading soccer news website, revealed the decision few days ago the Normalisation Committee was quick to deny the report but it has finally taken the decision to sack the former international player.

His position will be taken by the assistant coach of Danish side Nordsjaelland, Masud Didi Dramani, who will join Ibrahim Tanko on the bench of the team at the tournament in Egypt in June.

Ishmael Hamidu will also be replaced as the equipment officer of the Black Stars in the massive shake-up being done by the Normalisation Committee under the guidance of coach Francis Oti Akenteng.

The revelations are part of the secret plans being finalised by the Normalisation Committee before is it announced to the affected duo who are unaware of the plans to sack them.

Konadu, who also doubles as the head coach of the Local Black Stars, will be asked by the Normalisation Committee to focus on the home-based national team.

His position will be taken by Didi Dramani who is highly regarded thanks to his extensive coaching and experience with working with a top-flight side in Denmark.

The change will come as a major shock for Konadu who was angling for the opportunity to work at the tournament in Egypt as the Black Stars seek to end their trophy drought.

The Black Stars have qualified for their eighth straight time since 2006 and will face Kenya in the last qualifying game in March to decide who tops Group F.

Ghana has not won the AFCON title since 1982 and have managed to feature in two finals in the last decade.