A member of the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association, Nana Oduro Sarfo, has hinted that the fate of the Coach of the senior national team, Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, will be determined after the AFCON qualifiers, ABC News can report.
The decision about whether or not to maintain Kwesi Appiah as Ghana’s coach has sharply divided the public as some have fiercely criticised him and called for his head after the nation’s shambolic showing at this year’s AFCON in Egypt.
Kwesi Appiah, who has a little over a month left on his current contract, will lead his charges in a double-qualifier against South Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe with the matches expected to be played.
”After the two games, we will sit down and decide whether to give him a new deal or not,” Nana Oduro Sarfo is reported to have said by Ghanasoccernet.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his contract and continuous stay as Black Stars Coach, the Executive Committee member disclosed that there was no discussion on the issue when the newly elected Council met with the management and coaching staff of the team.
”We spoke with Kwesi Appiah to find out his problems and how we can help him ahead of the Black Stars games,” he mentioned and insisted that ”We did not speak about a new contract or sacking him. He still has two months to go so we assured him of our support.”
Ahead of the qualifying matches on Thursday, November 14 against South Africa at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and away to Sao Tome and Principe on November 18, 2019, Kwesi Appiah has named his 23-man squad.
Captain Andre Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso, Jordan Ayew, Richard Ofori, Felix Annan and Andy Yiadom, who were all in the Black Stars squad that featured in the last AFCON tournament in Egypt, have all been named in the squad with Harrison Afful also making a return to the squad.
The Black Stars are in Group C of the qualifiers alongside South Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Sudan for a slot in the tournament which will be staged in Cameroon in 2021.