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Sports News of Friday, 29 August 2014

Source: Graphic Online

‘Coach Appiah must leave Black Stars job if...’ - Nyaho

A former head of Ghana football, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, says the Ghana Football Association’s proposed move for a technical advisor for the Black Stars has affirmed the apparent incompetence of Coach Kwasi Appiah.

He said the proposed technical arrangement would only inflict a financial burden on the nation since the technical advisor’s role would be “a duplication of the job of a coach."

“If he is competent for the job, why are we thinking about a technical advisor now, when at the time of his earlier appointment such a thing was not considered?” he asked in reference to Coach Appiah.

“If (Coach) Appiah is not good enough for the job he must give way for a qualified and competent person,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said in an interview with Graphic Sports. “Otherwise he must be left alone to steer affairs, if the managers of Ghana football believe in his competence.”

Ghana’s abysmal showing at this year’s World Cup in Brazil – where the Black Stars exited after just the group stage with just a point from three games – has led to a public scrutiny of the suitability of Coach Appiah for the job.

That notwithstanding, the GFA announced on arrival from Brazil that the coach would be offered a further two-year contract, and more recently the search for a technical advisor for the coach has dominated media discussions ahead of the Black Stars’ qualifying campaign for the 2015 Nations Cup.

But Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said: “I was surprised at the move (to extend his contract). The FA might have its own reasons, but on the evidence of his performance in Brazil it was unfair to the Ghanaian public."

He said the search for a replacement seemed late in the day now in view of the approaching qualifiers and the laborious processes involved in hiring a coach, but insisted that the dilemma was self-inflicted.

“His (Appiah’s) handling of the team in Brazil was short of top class managerial competence,” he said, singling out the issues surrounding Sulley Muntari in particular and Kevin-Prince Boateng, as the clearest sign of the coach not being his own man.”

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