15
Fri, Jan

News wires

Sports
Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times
Share/Save/Bookmark


This day in football history, on 27 November, 2014, Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant was appointed the new coach of the Ghana national football team - Black Stars.

The 60-year-old signed a 27month deal to take over from Maxwell Konadu, who had been in temporary charge since Kwesi Appiah left in September, 2014.

Grant was later outdoored in December and the Ghana Football Association gave him a target of "doing well" at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

After his appointment, the GFA president Kwesi Nyantekyi told reporters: "It would be unfair to ask a coach appointed only one month before a tournament to win the trophy.

"But he must do well and then the FA will assess his performance after the Nations Cup and determine whether he has done well or not.

"Avram Grant is a motivator and an organiser. We needed someone with a certain stature or pedigree who can manage the egos of our players as well as their expectations and those of Ghanaians in general.

"He has managed a lot of top-class players, and [coping with high profile players] has been the bane of many African coaches. We believe his quality will turn things around for us."

Grant became the 32nd head coach of the Black Stars. The Black Stars have also had three caretaker coaches.

He led Ghana to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations,  where they were beaten on a penalty shoot-out by Ivory Coast, ending the tournament as runners-up.

A year after his appointment, he has played 11 matches; won six 54.55% and lost three with two draws.

 

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS
Sign up via our free email subscription service to receive notifications when new information is available.