Sports News of Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has rejected suggestions that he can’t control the egos of top players in the Black Stars set-up.
The 56-year-old has been regarded by a section of Ghanaians as a ‘weak’ coach who has failed to control his dressing room since his first stint with the team.
Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng revolted against Appiah and government’s directives during the 2014 Fifa World Cup and decided not to train ahead of their last group game against Portugal until unpaid appearance fees were settled.
An unresolved feud between captain Asamoah Gyan and his deputy Andre Ayew reportedly forced coach Appiah to keep snubbing the duo from national duties since September last year.
“These are some of the things that if you’ve played football before like myself, they wouldn’t be issues that will pin you down. If it’s difficult to handle the [egos of big] players then I don’t think I’m qualified to be a head coach,” Appiah told Ghanaweb.com.
“The important thing is that sometimes the coach has to take decisions that are different from what everybody expected and when they happen so, people think the coach is taking that decision because he wants to take some players out but I know what I am doing.
“At the end of the day, once these big players notice that things are not right and are also backsliding as well as there are young competitors who might take their positions from them, they become serious. They then kill themselves and stop disobeying orders irrespective of your status,” he added.
Ghana do not have a permanent captain currently following the absence of Gyan and Ayew since the armband has been rotating between Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Teye Partey and Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey.