Kwasi Appiah’s Technical Team Dissolved

The entire technical team of the Black Stars has been dissolved by the Ghana Football Association. The only member still at post is Maxwell Konadu, Assistant Coach of the team.

This comes hours after the dismissal of the head Coach of the senior national football team, Thursday.

Joy Sports reports from the Ghanaman Soccer Centre at Prampram, where a crunch meeting was held between officials of the FA and sacked Coach, Kwasi Appiah said the decision to dissolve the technical team was taken very early Friday.

Kwasi Appiah led the Black Stars to beat Togo 3-2 in a 2015 Nations Cup qualifier in Lome, Wednesday after an abysmal performance in the game against Uganda last week.

The development seems to give credibility to the perception that “the FA is comfortable staying with Maxwell Konadu”, George added.

It is unclear if Konadu will continue to in his role as Assistant to newly engaged Serb, Milovan Rajevac who led the team to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa but abandoned the job later.

Meanwhile, there seems to be a rift between the FA and Kwasi Appiah, who said he had not received official communication from the FA about his dismissal except what he heard in the media.

The Coach is demanding the letter from the FA officials who are locked in a meeting discussing his severance package.

Kwasi Appiah is the first local coach to qualify Ghana to the World Cup.

George quotes a member of the executive council of the FA, Fred Papoe as saying the decision to part ways with Appiah was reached following his public disapproval of the FA’s decision to hire a technical advisor for the team.

“Kwasi Appiah didn’t want to go with the new direction of the FA about hiring a technical advisor,” George reported Mr. Papoe as saying.

Appiah previously served as an assistant coach from 2008 to 2012 and led the Black Stars to the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa and a woeful World Cup performance in Brazil.

Appiah was given a contract extension in May 2014 prior to the World Cup in Brazil in June.

The ex-Ghana captain signed a new two-year deal worth US$ 36, 500 after masterminding the country’s qualification to the 2014 World Cup for a third consecutive time.

However, barely four months after sealing the deal with the GFA, Coach Appiah was relieved of his post on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Despite a poor World Cup showing, the GFA President Kwesi Nyantekyi had reiterated the “FA has 100% faith” in Kwasi Appiah.

While some members of the public say the sacking was long overdue, others have expressed disappointment with the decision. Many believe he has been used as a scapegoat after the FA’s poor management of the Black Stars.

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