GFA To Settle On Kwesi Appiah?

Spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ibrahim Saanie Daara, has hinted that the select committee setup to appoint a coach for the next Black Stars coach will not hesitate in appointing Kwesi Appiah if the committee considers him qualified for the position.

He revealed that that he does not share the same sentiments by two leading sports administrators that Kwesi Appiah was not competent enough to become the next Black Stars head coach.

Former GFA President, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, has cast doubt over Appiah’s competence while GFA Executive Committee member, Wilfred Osei Palmer, says no Ghanaian coach presently was cut for the Black Stars job.

Wilfred Osei Palmer and Nyaho Tamakloe are on record to have played down the clamour by Ghanaians for Appiah to be given the job for the second time in five years following the departure of Avram Grant.

Kwasi Appiah, who is heavily tipped to be reappointed after going through a successful interview last Friday, has received the backing of Saanie Daara to return as fans continue to mount pressure on the Association.

Some of the fans believe Appiah is the right man to improve the fortunes of the country in 2018 World cup qualifiers even though it is extremely difficult. However, the two outspoken administrators have cautioned against choosing the former Kotoko and Black Stars defender for the top post.

But according Sannie, the decision by the search committee to name the Sudan-based trainer among the three coaches interviewed for the job so far shows that he is competent enough.

“After juxtaposing Appiah’s CV and achievements with that of those who applied for the post, the search committee thinks he is among the best,” Sannie Daara told Joy Sports.

“What is not important is Appiah must be given the chance to prove to those interviewing him that he is capable of handling the post. We must be fair to him.

“People can have their personal opinions and that’s absolutely fine but they must not seek to torpedo the work of the committee.

“Kwesi Appiah has handled the national team before, since then he has made important strides by making Al Khartoum one of the respected sides in the CECAFA region.

“We must be patient by allowing the committee to do its job. If he is not competent the committee wouldn’t have selected him.”

The search for a new trainer for the senior national team intensified last week where three coaches were interviewed after over 100 applied for the job.

Appiah is the first Ghanaian coach to qualify Ghana to the FIFA world cup at the expense of Egypt in 2014.

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