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Is Appiah sacking the solution for Ghana?

Published On 17/09/2014 | By Patrick Ansah | AFCON, Africa, Columnists, Features, Ghana, International, Top Stories

Coach Kwesi Appiah has been removed as coach of Ghana’s senior national team as their problems continues.

Will the Black Stars return to their old glory?

He began his coaching stint as Black Stars manager on a good note, and went on to become the first local coach to lead Ghana to the FIFA World Cup.

Following Ghana’s poor World Cup campaign in Brazil, many football pundits and fans thought the coach would be sacked upon the team’s return. But in return he was rewarded with a new lucrative contract.

Coach Appiah helped Ghana gain four points from its 2015 AFCON qualifiers with Uganda and Togo last week. Immediately after those matches, however, he was relieved of his post as coach of Ghana’s senior national team to the surprise of many.

Even though many people have expected him to be sacked in the past, the news surprised them this time round.

The senior national team has endured many problems under Appiah’s watch. There was government airlifting $3 million to the team in Brazil, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s sacking from camp, the early exit from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and Asamoah Gyan’s brother assaulting a journalist.

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Player misbehaviour was regularly a problem for Appiah

Through all these problems Appiah stood his ground and led the team to secure a 3-2 away win over Togo. It has now turned out to be his last match in charge as Black Stars coach.

Is Appiah’s sacking the antidote to the team’s problems?

Even though coaches are sacked when their teams endure poor performance, Appiah’s case looks different.

Why? Well, if it was to be based on bad performance then he should have being sacked immediately after the World Cup.

Against Togo, he got the team back to winning ways, securing four points out of a possible six isn’t bad going, even if Uganda proved stubborn. Was there really no hope under the manager?

Is he the source of all of the team’s problems, or is there more to the story than we know?

Posterity will be the judge.



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