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Ghana FA begins interviews for vacant national team coaching job

By Alex Osei-Boateng ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Friday started interviewing coaches shortlisted for the vacant senior national team coach job.

Reports in the local media said five coaches had been penciled down for the three-day interviews which are being held in Accra.

Former French international Willy Sagnol was the first to be interviewed by the six-member searching committee.

Others to be interviewed are Belgian Hugo Broos, the current Cameroonian national team coach, who guided Cameroon to win this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and local man Kwesi Appiah, who coached the Black Stars at the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil, currently coaching Sudanese side Al Khartoum.

Former France international and ex-Oman national team coach Paul Le Guen and Italian Walter Zenga, who was formerly with English championship side Wolves, are also expected to meet the panel.

The GFA earlier this month set up the committee to hunt for a replacement for Israeli Avram Grant who ended his term by mutual consent at the end of February.

Over 90 coaches applied for the vacant job, according to a report in the local media.

The next Black Stars coach has the arduous task of qualifying the team for the 2018 world cup in Russia.

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Ghana FA names Kwesi Appiah as new national team coach

By Alex Osei-Boateng  ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Tuesday named James Kwasi Appiah as the new head coach of the Black Stars, Ghana’s men’s national team, effective May 1.

The decision to appoint Appiah, a former Black Stars captain, was taken by the FA’s executive committee after approving the report of the six-man coaching search committee, the GFA said.

Appiah, who supervised Ghana’s participation at the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil, is expected to sign a two-year contract.

He replaces Avram Grant who ended his term as Ghana coach at the end of last February after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon.

Appiah previously served as an assistant coach from 2008 to 2012.

He was first appointed Ghana coach in 2012 but mutually parted ways with the GFA following a disagreement.

 

             

 

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