Out gone head coach of the senior national team the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah has indicated his sacking after the 2014 World Cup was base on political reasons and was influenced greatly by former President John Dramani Mahama.
Coach Akwesi Appiah made this declaration in his book entitled “Leaders Don’t Have To Yell” which he unveiled last Friday in Accra.
Coach Kwesi Appiah wrote he was called by former Ghana Football Association President Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi in his office where he told him that, then President of Ghana John Mahama has ordered for his sack after the World Cup. He wrote;
“To anyone who was objectively looking at the facts of the circumstances surrounding Brazil 2014, it was obvious that my termination was an attempt by the powers-that-be to shift blame away from themselves.
“Kwesi Nyantakyi called me to his office that day and informed me that he had been asked by the President of the nation to relieve me of my duties.”
Ghana had a disappointing tournament in the 2014 World Cup which was staged in Brazil. In a group with eventual winners Germany, Portugal and the USA, Ghana lost two games and drew only one earning the country just a point in the group stage. Off the pitch, there was a lot of chaos in the dressing room involving the players, the technical and the management team.
Just recently after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Coach Kwesi was reappointed as the Black Stars head coach of which he spent almost two and half years. He lost his role few weeks ago after the technical team of the various national teams got dissolved by the new GFA boss Mr. Kurt E.S Okraku.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim