GFA Rubbishes Kluivert Appointment As Stars’ Coach Report

The Ghana FA has strongly rubbished a report on Wikipedia that Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert has been appointed as the new coach of the Black Stars, slamming the report as ‘fake’.

A posting on Wikipedia claimed on Saturday that the Holland assistant coach has been appointed to lead the Black Stars following the sacking of Kwesi Appiah.

According to the internet research website, the Dutch national was named on Saturday with Maxwell Konadu as his assistant.

However, the GFA has poured cold water on the report suggesting that this is one of the several hoax postings made on the open posting websites on the internet.

“Treat this report with the contempt it deserves. This is a completely fake report and no one should take it seriously,” Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara told GHANAsoccernet.com

“The GFA doesn’t appoint coaches via Wikipedia. This website is open where anyone can go and post anything on it. This is one of the many many fake things posted on Wikipedia.

“Completely ignore this thing. When the GFA appoints a coach, we will announce it on our website and various media channels we operate.”

The posting of Kluivert as the Ghana coach was removed on Saturday night with another funny name put on there as the Ghana coach which shows how spurious the claim is.

Kluivert was assistant coach to Louis Van Gaal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals and was among the 28 coaches who applied to replace Kwesi Appiah.

He had a successful playing career for the Dutch national team and for club sides Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona and Newcastle.

Another big fish in the hunt for the job is former Real Madrid and Getafe coach Shuster who is a German and ex-Chelsea coach Avram Grant.

The trio are said to be among the shortlisted 11 after the Ghana FA sieved the applications.

Wikipedia is a free-access, free content Internet encyclopedia, supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles.

The Ghana Football Association(GFA) has already appointed an interim coach Maxwell Konadu before news of Kluivert’s appointment popped up on Saturday.

The Black Stars are without a substantive coach after Kwesi Appiah stepped down from his position after the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers against Uganda and Togo.

A member of the three-man committee set up to appoint a new coach, Fred Pappoe said that a new coach will be announced next month.

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