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Soccer News of Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

Technical director will be on six-month probation - GFA sources

Citi Sports sources in the Ghana Football Association say the new technical director to be appointed will not be hired on a permanent deal.

FA officials tell Citi Sports that Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah himself will have a hand in who is chosen and subsequently, his scope of work.

Public opinion has been split on the necessity of the position, with many feeling an undermining of Appiah’s role is on the cards.

But Citi Sports understands that the new technical director will assist Appiah only for the duration of the Afcon 2015 qualifiers – where Ghana play Uganda, Guinea and Togo in Group E.

After the qualifiers are done by late November, there will be an assessment to determine if the technical director will be needed further.

The technical director will be on an initial six-month deal, sources say.

No fears Meanwhile, a member of the three-man committee set up by the GFA to look for an occupant for the newly created position Fred Pappoe has been speaking to calm fears.

“Kwesi Appiah is the boss of the team so he must definitely have the last say on decisions,” Pappoe told supersport.com on Tuesday.

The decision to set up a committee was taken at the Executive Committee meeting on Monday following a review of the technical direction of the Black Stars.

But on a continent where history shows that technical directors typically contrive to evict incumbent coaches, it is understandable that Ghanaians remain wary of the whole arrangement.

“The coach had already told us he will like to have some sort of technical assistance,” Pappoe also told Metro FM in Kumasi.

“So the GFA is merely responding to the request made by the coach.”

The three-man committee, due to send its report to the Executive Committee next week, is headed by the GFA vice-president Fred Crentsil who will work with Pappoe and Francis Oti Akenteng.

Security of Appiah’s job The cost of this technical director appointment is expected to be borne by the FA and the government but a key question has been how Appiah will be evaluated.

Citi Sports understands that Kwesi Appiah will lose his job altogether in the unlikely event that Ghana fails to qualify for Morocco 2015.

Kwesi Appiah is currently on a new two-year deal agreed to before the World Cup, which pays him $36,500 a month. Should the FA decide to fire him before that time, he would be entitled to compensation.

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