Kwesi Appiah: West Africans should have faith in local coaches

Kwesi Appiah: West Africans should have faith in local coaches

Ghana national team head coach James Kwesi Appiah has revealed that he wants fans to remain positive about local coaches despite his dismissal from duty.

Appiah is reportedly the only native Ghanaian to have been at the helm of the Black Stars on a permanent contract in the last 17 years according to Goal.

Following Ghana's quick exit at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, there have been heavy calls for him to leave his post because he did not reach the finals of the tournament.

“Now what we are fighting for is to make sure the government does not go back to the issue of bringing a white man again, but we should show our competence that when given the chance we can do it," Appiah said as reported by 442gh.

“The Black Stars job can be done easily when it comes to the fieldwork but the major work is off the pitch issues.

"Once you are able to deal with the outside issues, then it should be fine with you.

“There should a plan [about] what we want for the next five years as Ghanaians. We need to plan for our national team on what we want to achieve for the next five years."

Appiah is on a second stint in charge of the Black Stars, having first led the team between 2012 and 2014. He assumed his post for his present role in 2017 following the departure of Israeli tactician Avram Grant.

“Since 1982 when we won the [Africa Cup of Nations], you see that every two years a new coach comes, so you can’t have a plan to program yourself," he continued.

"All your programmes will be on a  short-term basis."

Appiah's current contract will runs its course until December 2019 and his future with the national remains unknown at this point. 

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