Kwasi Appiah, Head Coach of Ghana’s senior football team the Black Stars has been given the marching orders after a crunch meeting of the top brass of the Ghana Football Association on Thursday.
Reports quote a member of the GFA executive council; Fred Papoe as saying the decision to part ways with the coach was reached following his public disapproval of the FA's decision to hire a technical advisor for the team. The FA had announced its decision to hire Serb trainer Milovan Rajevac as technical adviser to the coach but Mr. Appiah granted a radio interview in which he said he had not asked for a technical assistant, contradicting the position of the GFA.
“Kwasi Appiah didn’t want to go with the new direction of the FA about hiring a technical advisor,” Mr. Papoe is quoted as saying.
Other sources however suggest the decision is as a result of the team’s abysmal performance in the Nations Cup qualifiers against Uganda and Togo. Ghana drew 1-1 at home to Uganda and struggled to beat Togo 3-2 away in Lome.
Meanwhile Rajevac has been named to replace Coach Appiah as head coach of the Black Stars, lending a degree of credibility to yet another school of thought which posits that Appiah was shown the exit to pave way for Rajevac who had reportedly refused to sign on as assistant to Appiah and demanded a substantive position in the Black Stars set up as a prerequisite to his working with the team.
Milovan Rajevac coached the Black Stars to their record quarter-final appearance in the World Cup in South Africa 2010. Appiah, a former captain of the Black Stars, on the other hand made a poor showing at the Mundial in Brazil 2014. He is however the first indigenous coach to have qualified the Black Stars for the World Cup.
The entire technical team of the Ghana Black Stars has also been dissolved with the exception of assistant coach Maxwell Konadu, also a former player.