Former Ghana coach and player, James Kwesi Appiah has been named the new coach of the Black Stars.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) announced the decision on Tuesday after it approved a report by a six-man coach search committee that interviewed applicants last week.
“Appiah will be handed a two-year contract and will start his duties on 1st May, 2017. He will also take full charge of the Local Black Stars,” a statement from the GFA stated.
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Appiah will be handed a two-year contract and will start his duties on 1st May, 2017. He will also take full charge of the Local Black Stars.
Among the applicants reportedly interviewed for the job were Frenchman, Willy Sagnol and Cameroon coach, Hugo Broos.
Kwesi Appiah will be taking over from Israeli coach Avram Grant who had managed the Ghana senior national team two months after Appiah’s departure in September 2014.
Appiah is going to manage the team that he led to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil making him the first black African coach to do so.
He has already informed his current side Al Khartoum SC in Sudan of his departure after a three-year coaching stint since December 2014, reports say.
Appiah was considered the favourite for the job with a lot of backing from the Ghanaian media, coaches and the public who felt disappointed at the inability of Avram Grant to end Ghana’s more than 30-year wait for a fifth title at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2016.
He will be expected to lead the team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.