Former Black Stars coach, James Kwesi Appiah, was yesterday introduced as the new Head Coach of the Ghana national football team (Black Stars) after a two and a half year or so hiatus from the job at a brief ceremony held by the nation’s football governing body in Accra.
Ironically, he takes over from Avram Grant who replaced him in November of 2014 after he was let go following the debacle of Brazil 2014 that was highlighted by the unruly behavior of some players, alleged corruption and an early first round exit.
Avram Grant’s 27 months initial contract was not renewed after it ended in February of 2017 on the heels of a fourth place finish at AFCON 2017.
Thus, Coach Appiah whose contract was terminated about two and half years ago has taken over his former role, this time on a two-year contract.
He took over as manager of Sudanese side, Al Khartoum in September of 2014, but has since his selection to head the national team mutually parted ways with the club.
He was introduced alongside his backroom staff that included Maxwell Konadu and Ibrahim Tanko as his assistants, Stephen Appiah as technical coordinator and scout, former national team goalie – Richard Kinson – as goalkeeper’s trainer, and Ishmael Amidu as equipment manager.