Kwesi Appiah, a former coach for Ghana, has discussed why he decided to apply for the open coaching position with the Black Stars.
One of the few regional coaches who has led the squad as the head coach is Appiah.
The Ghana Football Association [GFA] decided not to renew the 63-year-contract, old’s and his second term came to an end in 2019.
The team was guided by Kwesi Appiah to the Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] in Egypt, where they lost to Tunisia on penalties in the Round of 16 and were eliminated.
Some football fans have questioned the Kotoko legend for applying for the open position.
Although Kwesi Appiah acknowledged that his application was a last-minute decision, he claimed that after learning that over 60 coaches had applied for the position without a single Ghanaian, he was inspired to defy the established quo.
“Even though I had no intention of applying for the position, I later decided to do so just to correct the wrong impression that no local coach was qualified for the Black Stars job,” he told Graphic Sports.
“All along I thought the GFA was headhunting for a new coach because I didn’t hear any announcement inviting applications from interested coaches.
“So when I heard that many foreign coaches had already applied, I also decided to apply to put it on record that local coaches also have what it takes to handle the Black Stars,” he stressed.
Before the team assembles for its 2023 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] doubleheader against Angola in March, the nation’s football regulatory body is anticipated to pick a new Black Stars coach this month.