Sports News of Monday, 29 October 2018
The returnee gaffer has clamoured for a contract extension to be able to build a winsome team and has been backed by the former Ghana international.
Former Black Stars defender Samuel Johnson has backed coach Kwasi Appiah for his demand of a contract extension and believes the 58-year-old will be able to achieve his target with his new formidable side.
The introvert boss penned a two-year deal with the four-time African champions last year and has been handed a tough task of annexing the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament to be staged in Cameroon next year.
Having stated in a recent interview that his two-year contract mandate is not enough for him to achieve his target, he would suggest that a contract extension be given to him in order to successfully attain his goal.
This, Sam Johnson believes is a right call by the tactician as he ought to be handed a contract extension with his mission of building a new and formidable side to help the cause of the nation.
”If Kwasi Appiah has really said that his two years contract isn’t enough for him to win laurels, I think there isn’t anything wrong with the remarks at all,” the former Anderlecht man said on Accra-based Radio Gold.
”Why am I saying so? this is because before he [Kwasi Appiah] left the team for Avram Grant to take over, how was the standard of the players he left off and how has it been now since he came back?,” he quizzed.
”So one could clearly observe that he’s now building a new team although one could question his team building process by suggesting that he should have finished forming his formidable side within the two-year contract period by now,”
”But with fairness, judging from the previous squad that used to play under him, most of them are still with the current team and are being caught up with ages.So for him to suggest that he will need ample time to form a new squad is a right call on his behalf,” he emphasized.
The former Hearts of Oak guardsman continued; ”With assenting to his plea for a contract extension, I think we all are going to witness something positive from the task given to him as he could achieve that in years ahead,”
”We must forget about the two-year deal as I don’t think that is enough for him to achieve his target in winning laurels. To me it could be enough where the needed [materials] are available but currently there isn’t. So we must extend his contract in order to bring glory to the nation.”
Appiah’s next assignment is the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia next month.