Reappointed Black Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah arrives Ghana…
Newly appointed Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has arrived Ghana. The reappointed coach flew into the country from the United Kingdom (UK) where he went to visit his family, to start his second stint as head coach. Appiah on April 21, was met on arrival by officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), journalists and supporters.
Kwesi Appiah on April 4, 2017, was approved by the GFA as the new manager for Ghana’s national team. Appiah agreed on a two-year contract on his re-appointment. This is the second stint in charge for Appiah, who led the Black Stars from 2012 until 2014. The new coach will be unveiled next week in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
Kwesi Appiah was giving a rousing farewell as he left Sudanese side Al Khartoum where he has been a coach; since leaving the Black Stars in 2014.
Contrary to negative comments by Ghanaians, Kwesi Appiah revamped the once static status of the Sudanese side. It can be recalled that Appiah left the Black Stars in 2014 following a disappointing performance at the Brazil 2014 World Cup, where the team failed to exceed group stage for the first time.
Nothing much was expected from the coach, following his move to the Sudanese side. But the 56-year-old wowed Al Khartoum with an outstanding performance at the side. Kwesi Appiah according to reports, lost only once in his last five league matches. The re-appointed Black Stars coach led the team to fourth and fifth places respectively in his first two years. Appiah would be greatly missed at the side where he is said to have left an indelible mark.
Fulfilled, and ready to take up the new task at the Ghanaian side, Kwesi Appiah will start work officially on May 1, 2017. However, the coach has a tough task ahead of him. The Black Stars have not made the best of starts to the final stage of qualification for the World Cup -Russia 2018. Ghana picked up just one point out of a possible six from their opening two matches in Group E.
There is also the forthcoming African Cup of Nations which comes up in 2019. Ghana’s first qualifier for AFCON 2019 is in June when they host Ethiopia, the other teams in Group F are Sierra Leone and Kenya with only the pool winners guaranteed a place in Cameroon.