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Kwesi Appiah talks Black Stars

Kwesi Appiah talks legacy and disciplinary record during Black Stars stint

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Former Ghana international James Kwesi Appiah has opened up about his tenure as head coach of the Black Stars.

The Ex-Ghana coach told Light FM in an interview that he holds no regret coaching the Black Stars despite being subject to constant criticism during his time as Ghana gaffer.

“I don’t see any regret within my tenure at the National Team of Ghana. I did the best that i can which yielded results and the most important thing is that you leave a legacy behind which will serve as a precedent for the upcoming talents.

“I was unfortunate then because most of the time of handling the National Team, it was like i must search for quality players to replace the fade away ones, my first time in 2014 was a clear example to replace Essien, Stephen Appiah, Muntari, with Jordan, Atsu, and it continued during my second time.”

Largely being criticised for what Ghanaians described as a lack of disciplinary check on the team, the former Ghana international disagreed on the notion, insisting it takes balls to manage the Black Stars.

“One thing that i know is that, if you are fearful in taking decisions, accepting criticisms and facing sack on the BlackStars job, you are not going to be successful. For instance, if you fear of bringing in new good players to replace the old players, you are not going to do the country good.

“Even our last game against South Africa, i included 8 debutants and i was told that do you know your job is at stake but i took the risk that if we get eliminated, the country will benefit from the new talents introduced for the future.”

He further went on to stress that his players understood the consequences of any insubordination therefore maintained a fantastic behavior.

“All the players that passed through my hand’s behaviour was fantastic because i made them know that if there is any sense of insubordination you will be replaced by another player.

“Although there will be one or two who will misbehave but the buttomline was to get the best out of them on the field and talked to in obeying rules and regulations.” Kwasi Appiah told Light FM.


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