We can’t go back to foreign coaches as a nation – Kwesi Appiah
Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah believes Ghana don’t need a foreign coach to steer the affairs of its national football teams.
According to him, local coaches must be given precedence over expatriates when hired to manage the various national teams.
Justifying his assertion for another term after end of current contract, Appiah explained that local coaches with experience must also be given the opportunity and groomed for the top job in future.
“I have the belief that many coaches should be given opportunity to be at the national team. Maybe tomorrow I might say I am done coaching, who then do we rely on.? Do we go back to the whites or we fall on our own. It is important that others be given the opportunity to be closer to the players so they know what we do on and off the pitch,” he explained.
The Black Stars coach bemoaned Ghana’s inability to win the Africa cup of Nation since 1982, stressing coaches must be given time to prepare their teams well.
“Since 1982 that we won the cup, you see that every two years a new coach comes so you can’t have a plan to program yourself, all your program will be short term basis.
“For me, if you are bringing a white coach then you should give him five years, because it will take him about two years to know our mentality, the way we do our things, where all the players are in Ghana, and our players across the world, because Ghanaian players are scattered across the whole World, so within two years, you would have known where our players are, and would have known our character, the way we behave and everything, so by two years time,he has to go, and bring another coach.
“So if I’m a white man and I come around and you give me two years, automatically I will depend on what is there, those that I have heard their names to get the results that you guys need, then go back. So its important as youth coaches to keep this in mind and make sure we all fight and work towards what we want to achieve in future” – Kwesi Appiah further advised.