Coach Kwesi Appiah’s installation as Black Stars manager came with a few changes in the team. Coach Appiah has made no change regarding the captaincy of the Ghana national team. The Black Stars manager has maintained Asamoah Gyan as the captain of the senior national team, with Andre Ayew remaining as the deputy skipper of the team.
The newly appointed coach made this known when addressing some journalists at his unveiling ceremony in Accra on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. His announcement came on the back of reports that he may name Andre Ayew as captain of the team. According to the former Kotoko defender, Gyan would only be changed is he is sick or injured.
For many, Appiah’s anouncement brings an to untold speculations of a seeming enmity between Gyan and Ayew. Reports were rife Gyan could be stripped off his captaincy which could pave way for Andre Ayew to be named as the new skipper for the side. It had also been speculated that the Al Ahli’s striker would be stripped of the captainship position due to lack of leadership qualities. However, Appiah thinks otherwise.
Gyan has been the general captain for the Black Stars in the last four years with Ayew serving as his assistant. The Al Ahli striker was named the Black Stars skipper in 2013 during Kwesi Appiah’s first stint with the team.
For the assistant coaches, Ibrahim Tanko and Maxwel Konadu have been named first and assistant coaches respectively.
Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah was appointed to coordinate between the technical team and the playing body. Also, former Black Stars goalkeeper, Richard ‘Olele’ Kingson is now the team’s goalkeeper trainer.
Other Backroom staff include;
Team Doctor – Chris Adomako Video Analyst – Michael Okyere Equipment Officer/Welfare Officer – Ismail Hamidu
Video Analyst – Michael Okyere
Equipment Officer/Welfare Officer – Ismail Hamidu
Coach Appiah’s appointment became necessary following the resignation of former coach Avram Grant early this year. Avram Grant’s resignation followed the Black Star’s recent poor performance at 2017 AFCON and 2018 world Cup qualifier.
Coach Appiah who was a manager at Sudanese Al Khartoum was approved on April 4, as the new Black Stars manager. Appiah who signed a two-year deal with the executive committee of the GFA was unveiled on May 16, 2017, as coach of Ghana’s national team. The coach has been entrusted with the responsibility to qualify the team for the 2019 World Cup in Gabon, as well as the 2018 FIFA Word Cup in Russia.
With the installation of new coach Kwesi Appiah, the country which has been on a major trophy drought for over 35 years, is optimistic of a significant change.