Soccer News of Saturday, 19 April 2014
Former GFA Chairman, Ben Koufie, has lauded Black Stars coach, James Kwesi Appiah, for his contribution to the Black Stars describing Appiah’s work as ‘remarkable’.
The ex-GFA chief who also played technical roles for the football associations of Zimbabwe and Botswana in times past says Kwesi Appiah, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate degree by an American university, has done a great job.
“I think he has really done well. If you look at the time he took over and what has transpired so far, he has managed to change the team to a very large extend,” he told Metro Sports.
Kwesi Appiah was an assistant to two expatriates, Milovan Rajevac and Goran Stevanovic, before being given the nod two years ago after Stevanovic failed to lead the Stars to glory at the 2012 AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The 53-year-old who has so far had quite an impressive stint with the team, made history when he became the first indigenous coach to qualify the Black Stars to the World Cup. And the veteran football administrator has sung praises to Appiah’s achievement.
“He renewed the team, gave them a new approach to the game and so they’re a scoring side now. A team which scores six goals in a game, four, an average of not less than two goals per match is remarkable. I think he has done really well,” Uncle Ben added.