Kwesi Appiah Unveiled As Black Stars Coach Tasked To Win Afcon 2019

    /    May 16, 2017   /     Sports  /    Comments are closed  /    284 Views

Newly appointed Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah has finally been unveiled to the the press and the general public since his appointment in April.

The former Ghana defender who makes a return for his second stint as the national team coach has penned a three year contract as the national team coach.

Vice President of the Ghana Football Association and Black Stars management committee chairman, Mr George Afriyie who did the introduction outlined some “milestones” he needs to chalk as he takes over as the Black Stars trainer.

“First he is to build a very strong national team A and B,two he is to qualify us to the Afcon 2019,three he is to win us the Afcon 2019 and four he should employ his most possible best to qualify the Black Stars to the World Cup 2018”

Mr Afriyie’s last statement about qualifying the Black Stars team to the seemingly impossible World Cup in Russia where Ghana trail leaders Egypt by 5 points drew huge jeers from members of the press gathered at the unveiling ceremony.

The FA capo reiterated and laid further emphasis on the coaches’ responsibilities.

It says that coach James Kwesi Appiah should qualify us to the Afcon 2019 I don’t think this is a tall order.You are referring to a Ghana Black Star team that has been to the semi final of the last 6 editions so to say a coach should qualify us to Afcon is not a tall order

I repeat you are referring to a  Black Star team that has been to the  last 4 of the last editions of the Afcon so to say coach James Kwesi Appiah should win Afcon 2019 is not a tall order but listen to the last one I said he should employ his possible best to qualify us to the World Cup

And what you need to first ask those who were saying is a tall order is there a clause that says if you don’t qualify us to the World  Cup you are fired or not? that is what should be of interest to most of you. The last one says employ your possible best to qualify us to the World Cup and I believe that we want to go to the World Cup and Insha Allah we still have the dream alive

After a lengthy talk about the new coaches’ responsibilities he was unveiled and given the chance to make a speech.

A thankful Kwesi Appiah as always showered praises on all Ghanaians starting from the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to the common Ghanaian walking the streets and called for every ones support to enable him succeed.

I will do everything within me to make sure that the success or the laurels Ghana used to win we are able to achieve.During my term I will do the best within me to make sure that Ghana has got a team not a team for today but a team for  two,three years time a team for the next ten years that is my ambition even If I am here for one month or one year I want to put something down that OK Kwasi started this but the other side of it is  how are we going to continue the project that has been started so as I said earlier I cannot do this without the support of each and  every one especially the media

A new look technical team was also revealed but it was no different to what has widely been speculated in the media with Ibrahim Tanko and Maxwell Konadu  been named first and second assistants coaches respectively.

Former Black Stars goalkeeper Richard Olele Kingson replaces Nassam Yakubu as the Black Stars goalkeepers’ trainer.

Nii Amasah Anum has also been named the team masseur with Michael Okyere retaining his role as the video analyst of the team.

New Black Stars backroom:

Head coach – Kwasi Appiah

Assistant 1 – Ibrahim Tanko

Assistant 2 – Maxwell Konadu

Technical Director – Stephen Appiah

Goalkeepers’ Trainer – Richard Kingson

Team Doctor – Chris Adomako

Video Analyst – Michael Okyere

Equipment Officer/Welfare Officer – Ismail Hamidu


Source: Kingsley Opoku-Amoako|

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