2014 World Cup: Kwesi Appiah has failed Ghanaians - Amin Lamptey

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Ace Ghanaian journalist Mohammed Amin Lamptey digs deep into the Black Stars disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil. 

Undoubtedly this year’s World Cup brought on to the pitch predictable and unpredictable scenes which added value and excitements to the global soccer fiesta.

It all started with the preparedness of the host Nation Brazil regarding venue,organization and security threat which many observers believe could be partly the reason for the shocking results and the early exit of some favorite teams like the defending champions Spain.

In fact after the groups balloting,many soccer commentators had their script well analyzed and predicted a great tournament with the Hope that history will repeat it self with tournament favorites making all the waves but amazingly they were prematurely demanded by the unpredictable happenings to rewrite their scripts on the entirety of the ongoing World Cup in Brazil.

Officiating at the World Cup in Brazil this year had the fair share of criticism right from the opening match till today and the quality of some pitches and rain at some venues became a big issue.

However match turn outs and shocking results brought excitements and enthusiasm so far in the tournament.
Ghana made her third consecutive appearances at the World Cup this year in Brazil with a very strong conviction of making an indelible mark coming from the back drop of their previous experiences in Germany and South Africa.

I believe every Nation that qualifies to play in the World Cup must try as much as practicable to acknowledge the following variables
1-Preparation and proper organization.
2-Mission and purpose
3-Management and players orientation
4-Management and players relationship.
5-Technical and Tactical disposition.
6-Motivation and inspiration.
7-General welfare of both players and handlers.
8-Mental and psychological direction
9-communication
10-Leadership.

Let me now crave your indulgence to critically analyze the Black Stars of Ghana participation in the World Cup in Brazil as against their exit today via their 1-2 defeat in the hands of Portugal.

1-Preparation and proper organization:After we qualified to play in the World Cup,have we considered seriously our preparation and organization? Preparation and organization should not only look at the playing body but the generality of Ghana as a country right from the management members,players,supporters and floating supporters.

Was the technical team on top of their job organizationally? How many players did we take to the World Cup who have no business being there and how many players did we left behind who should have being there in Brazil? Was the technical team headed by Dr.Appiah fully in charge of affairs during our qualifiers,after we qualified and in Brazil?

I do not think that we conducted ourselves very well regarding organization of our players,officials,supporters and other supplementary elements.We were just not prepared for the World Cup because how could a well organized team left home for more than three weeks before the commencement of the World Cup and after loosing an important first match,drawn a crucial second match and all expectation was on a slippery last match,then players came out to request for appearance fees and even had the gut to suspend a training session?

It’s only lack of organization and preparation that can cause all those instances including the mismanagement of information and supporters.

2-Mission and purpose:I stand to be corrected, but I do not think Ghana went to the World Cup with a vision and mission.We find it very hard to change our perception for 2006 World Cup in Germany which was obviously to go and just participate without any logical and realistic vision.Right from the management,the players,Journalists and the ministers, I want to believe that our vision for the world was not well defined because behavior of all the above stakeholders have not shown any element of visionary Ambassadors out in Brazil to defend the good name of Ghana regardless.

3-Management and Players orientation: Ghana took to the World Cup 16 new players making their debut,two players(Sulley and Djan) making their third appearance and about five making their second appearance.The question is what kind of orientation have we introduced these players to? Our players needed repackaging and rebranding befitted the World Cup and not for qualifiers and warm up friendly matches.

Even most of the team officials needed this orientation more than the playing body because orientation will shape your thinking about the tournament,your behavior on and off the pitch,how you communicate with officials and colleagues both on and off the pitch as well as dealing with sensitive issues like the appearance fees.

4-Management and Players relationship:This very variable is the main problem that has bedeviled our national teams since time in memorial.Let me emphasize that football management is now purely marketing and without the basic level of marketing where you will understand that the customer is always right and can lead to the closure of a company when that customer decided to spend with your competitor.Our World Cup management team members failed to acknowledge the significance of their strong relationship with players as core to their success.A lot of management members have been rumored to be agents to some players and usually aid them in the call up process to the national team for a fee,and so the leader already has sold his birth right for a single meal.

So in Brazil you can clearly see that the leadership was overwhelmed with variety of indiscipline and despondency all because there are no mechanism to consolidate any relationship,hence the players and management friction.

5-Technical and tactical disposition:Football is all about tactics and system and so any Coach who because of the injury of a players gets confuse and dislocated strategically must be questioned about his readiness and sense of creativity.

We obviously lost our game against the USA purely due to tactical bankruptcy and lack of variation in our disposition.We played better than them but how many chances did we failed to utilized? The psychologist of the team was a huge apology to say the least in that game.

Against the German’s was our best game in any World Cup Ghana participated because we dominated the game,played all the quality and beautiful football but it took a tactical substitution by the German Coach to denied Ghana a deserved win.

Fortunately or Unfortunately the Black Stars exposed themselves and Ghana before and during their crucial game against Portugal.Indeed Portugal has been one the surprise package even with the best world player in their fold but could not leave up to expectation.Financial Banter between Black Stars players and their management reflected vividly the lack of commitment,understanding and discipline in the team because why must we wait till this very crucial time?

If Ghana Black Stars had given us 60 % of their performance against the USA in the Portugal game,it would have been a done deal.So again looking at the game, we gave out the game to Portugal because of technical and tactical indiscipline.

6-Motivation and Inspiration:I have realize one thing in my life as a sports person that it’s not always financial motivation that a player needs to deliver but a very strong mutual trust and understanding between management and the playing body.A management team must be able to know the study rise of each and every player so much so that individually their problems can be attended to specially for the sake of the generality of all stakeholders.We failed to know our own players with their various problems and how to manage them to the point of the motivation.We fail to inspire our players on the pitch and off the pitch without any justifiable reasons

7-General welfare of management and players:I just believe that the poor relationship between the GFA and the Ministry for Youth and Sports right from the onset regarding our projection for the World Cup where different figures were quoted left,right and centre.

The welfare of Ghana contingent to the World Cup should be of a paramount important to any serious participation nation at the World Cup.So with all the sponsorship cash flow,FIFA cash and government supplementary financial injection Ghana could not managed the welfare of players and management to the point of players going on rampage for their appearance fees.You can never get full scale performance from players and management when their welfare is not catered for.So we have failed.

8-Mental and psychological direction:One player I personally thought he had his mental and psychological direction perfectly under control was Ali Sulley Muntari but disappointed me by his unprofessional behavior.Our players both on and off the pitch seem to lack mental and psychological direction.I mean lack of confidence at the back,lack of organization in midfield and lack of vision in attack.Every team in today’s football business requires a professional tried and tested psychology to be able to succeed.

9-Communication:In Marketing we have internal marketing and external marketing.According to Marketing gurus,if a company fail to prepare it internal staff or workers,they will transfer their incompetence to the customer who can bring business to a stand still.I realize that communication among Players,Management Journalists and the Ministry has not been properly formulated and so the situation in the Black Stars camp was just the repercussion of failing to established a long lasting communication.

10-Leadership: arguably one of our major problem in Ghana, I mean in all sectors,be it politically,socially,academically and religiously.Lack of a strong leadership from the Black stars Coach could be attributed to our problems.We needed a leader who can identify his men for a battle and know them inside out so much so that he will become the main person the players can rely on many issues including the appearance fees.

He should see himself as a “mother and her babies” where the bond is so intimate that nothing can split them.We need leadership on the pitch and outside the pitch in every football tournament.

In conclusion, I wish to congratulate Ghanaians for their unflinching support but urge the GFA to get back home and revisit their drawing board and consider all suggestions people would have made on their performance in Brazil so as to help reshape our preparation and vision for International tournaments.

Without getting down to develop colts soccer and help to develop other leagues including our premiership,well I just can not say never though but…..

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Thegreatest says:

    Do not blame Kwasi Appiah but blame the government and the 1000′s of unrelated government officials who went to Brazil to spend the money the country does not have. We could have used that money to send more local players just to observe from the stands to enhance their experience and knowledge. Sulley was right and I regret he did not finish the good work he began by completely disciplining that foolish official.

    • OGYA says:

      Thegreatest, think before you talk. As much as I agree with you on the issue of government officials, I disagree with your premise that Akwesi Appiah is not to be blamed for this debacle. I wonder what your rational is for letting Akwesi Appiah of the hook. The government officials did not make the selection to the 23-man squad, it was this pumpkin head who made the selection, leaving players like Schlupp who could have played the left back position to free Kojo Asamoah to the midfield. It was the same peanut brain coach who left Vorsah out who could have prevented the 2nd goal the USA scored and even the goal he scored against himself . It was the same fart brain coach who unflinchingly kept John Boye in the team to give goals away like Christmas gift. It was the same dufus coach who added Jordan Ayew, a stupid and annoying striker into the Black Stars squad instead of David Accam. Jordan Ayew, was a total flop and a wasted space that could have been filled by a better or a more competent local player.

      Do you realize how many goals David Accam could have scored for the Black Stars with his speed? Obviously, he doesn’t have any agent in the Black Stars management team to fight for him as I have found out, that you buy your way into the Ghana Black Stars and not your merit. So my friend “thegreatest” if you are making a comment think before you do. Are you kidding me that Akwesi Appiah, a guy with a malnourished brain and intellect gets to run the Ghana Black Stars before Sillas Tetteh and Kuuku Dadzie? there is something seriously wrong with the GFA. I hate to say this man, but I will never allow anyone from Kejetia or Brong Ahafo anywhere near my business, I am sorry but they are morally and intellectually bankrupt. I rest my case.

    • Kenny says:

      Akwasi Appiah has FAILED Ghanaians miserably. I think he should be replaced. Maxwell Konadu can do the job better than him. Why don’t we try Maxwell and see. I don’t have any trust in Akwasi Appiah anymore. He has not won a single match for a long time.

  2. Yaovi says:

    I definitively agree with you. We have the talents, but the management is missing. In fact this goes to all sub-sahara african teams.
    Thank You for a great article.
    Cheers

  3. Thise people keep on playing with the hearts million of Ghanaian.part of the problem should be directed to GFA for appointing a coach who has to go for apperenticeship to coach Blackstar.They must be blame seriously.The new he was not up to the task yet the gave him the jobe out of their own selfish interest.To add salt to injury the went on to increase his contract to two years.what wise way of sqaundering our resource.Thise coach should not be given even a day to handle Black Stars.

  4. the truth says:

    Akwasi Appiah did his job, the players and GFA failed Ghana. Money money money was all that they cared about. boycotting training, holding the coach to ransom a day before a match?????? etc… I don’t even think Mourinho would have even managed to get the black stars out of the group phase. No coach would want to be in a situation where his players, a rebelling in training because of money. We should praise Akwasi Appiah for handling the situation well by kicking out trouble makers such as muntari and KPB. Next time he should invite players who plays for the good of the nation and not for money. GFA should also learn to pay money that is due to the players eearly so that such incident wont happen again. I commend A.A appiah for the good job he did even though the result wasnt what we wanted. Good luck at AFCON

    • MD-Kansas says:

      Kwesi Appiah did a good job for you and not the entire population of Ghana. He must be fired to prevent future failure for our team. Can you mention the players that are ready to play for Ghana in pride and not for money? Where are they in Ghana? Talk is cheap among some people who have close ties with Kwesi Appiah. He is just not good to handle this team and we are bound to fail in the next AFCON. If he is maintained because of the relationship between him and Nyantakyi the whole country will see that they are greedy and selfish. Not long before they will loose respect from the masses. This country has no serious leader at all. Nyantakyi appointed his relative/friend to a position bigger than him? He failed in AFCON 2013 with flimsy excuse and now the world cup. He is gambler in my opinion and the consequences backfired. He gamble with the players from selection to positional play. He made some people chop my few dollars because I trust our guys to deliver but he messed up and the players crumble. If he is not fired, I will support a demonstration asking his dismissal. What is wrong with Africa and Ghana? I pity and shame him when he still talk about building a team!

    • Yaw Chicago says:

      you speak the truth indeed, bro! I wonder what people expect Kwasi Appiah to do with such unruly behavior of the players and poor financial management of our government.

    • Anokwale says:

      You got it correct. Players and the GFA embarrased the nation on the World stage. US TV stations were making fun of Ghana with the entire issue of flying money in. At the end of the day, all the off the field distractions kept our players from concentrating properly. This was a good lesson learned. Let us organize for CAN 2015 qualifying.

    • Nii from Mamprobi says:

      Dude,

      Are you craze??? All the other countries outside of Africa paid their players. A true coach would have defended his players and even made statement that his players need to be paid. . What good job did AA do?

      listen, stop smoking crack or eating mollies because it is affecting your mind.

      You ppl that blame the players kill me. Are they slaves? To risk injury and career so your lazy arse can come here and talk by heart?

      I bet you would not do anything for free, you talk crap but what have you done for your nation? What have you done for Ghana for free??

      Nonsense. The blame lies on the GFA and your stupid coach!!

    • Naa Saani says:

      Yes money was everyone problem, that is their work n means of living. No player in this world I player for free of charge. U think they should play for free whiles the management will be chopping the money for them, right? I don’t think u are making since with that your comments. Akwesi Appiah n his entire Crux exhaust n even GFA. Football is not a political party group to be playing us politics in the team management affairs

  5. Assisi says:

    Kwasi Appiah needs someone like John Mensah to educate our central defenders how to defend after their abysmal defending in Brazil. Hence our early elimination from the world cup. Her also needs to drop John Boye from the squad entirely and start using Rashid Sumaila. John Boye costs us so much. He had a role in almost all the goals we conceded.

  6. jb says:

    Our group is one of the easiest in the world cup so people should stop talking of difficult group

  7. Mumbi says:

    But that SHAOLIN (Dede) played so well in all 3 games. Let him sign 4 LIVERPOOL and help them win UCL. With Suarez they can do it if they also buy 2 good defenders. Still SUAREZ should be puting protective gums in his teeth like those used by boxers when playing to avoid further bittings.

  8. NII-BI says:

    He hasnt only Ghanaian but himsef as well.
    He should come and coach Okwawu United!!!
    mtchewww!!!

  9. Dingdon says:

    I have always said Akwesi Appiah is the most useless coach to have coached the black stars, he is technically bankrupt, and lack ideas. How can a coach be in charge for over 2 years and yet don’t have a starting 11 is shocking, he needs to be sacked and charged for causing financial loss to the state. He has been pampered too much.

  10. zamgeria says:

    Ghanians are massively talented and were expected to get out the group stage despite difficult group.the major problem is the African syndrome of boycotting training because of allowances…primitive and unpatriotic approach.ghana needs to start with the basics by rewinning the afcon before bringing the world cup home.there is overwhelming need to restrategise.live BS.

  11. NII-BI says:

    Akwasi Appiah has not only failed Ghanaians, he has failed himself as well!
    He should come home and coach Okwawu united.

    @mumu or whatever your name is, what is your problem at all?

  12. Eric says:

    AA should be beaten before sack

  13. Apacino says:

    They did their best

  14. Adebayo says:

    Akwasi Appiah is simply not up to the task! He’s not smart enough and he cannot motivate players to bring out their best. ‘Silent Killer’ implies he does not communicate well, he just acts, and that’s not good enough! But his tactical bankruptcy was evident throughout the qualifiers! A coach that cannot come from behind to win a match is not worth the name! Against Zambia (away), Montenegro, the Netherlands, the USA, Portugal! The equalizer by the German was seen by every tactical mind as soon as Klose was introduced! Only our coach didn’t see it coming. Watch the tapes and see that Ghana’s defensive setup for corner kicks always leaves the far post open and this was the specific instruction from the German coach to Klose. If Appiah had any knowledge of the German team, he would know that this player has been their ‘lucky charm’ for tournaments and he would have given instructions for him to be handled in a special way! But the worst was in the game against Portugal. After playing successfully with a 4-5-1 against Germany and facing a Portuguese side that thrives on open spaces, he decides he ha to return to his beloved 4-4-2. Even commentators kept saying the knew the Ghana coach is just waiting till half time in order to change is tactics because the present set up is not working for Ghana. And what does Appiah do? Please spare Ghanaians the heartache!

  15. Sad Ma Ghana says:

    All the money issues could have been prevented according to FIFA.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28065553

  16. Ansong says:

    Now every1 agrees with me for the reasons I mentioned 2yrs ago about this kumasi coach.1) He has no UEFA coaching licence 2) He never play professional football abroad. 3) He never coach any team in his life. 4) He is tactically blind. This is enough for every Ghanian to know that this guy is NOT a coach.All the senior players know he has no plan to win any cup. *wise up*

  17. bawah says:

    We underrrated the USA.No commmentary!

  18. plance says:

    Kwasi Appiah have failed us, period! I wonder if those of you who call for him being maintained are truly Ghanaians or even have Ghana at heart. Point of correction, if doctors in this country whose work is all about life and death can hold the country to ransom and go on strike demanding that they be paid if not, they will not work and patience, precious lives are lost in the course of this, why can the players too demand such? This is what happens in Ghana, and in some aspects, I agree totally with this because, is about time we stop taking the patience of people for granted all in the name of “Patriotism”. We fail to realise that besides doing their job on the field they are toiling and sweating with injuries and inevitable thing in their line of work. Do you then say, they should work without pay because they are patriotic? Lets stop this hypocrisy and face reality. Which of you will work diligently and sacrificially without being paid for the sake of being patriotic. Yes! we all do LOVE our country, but should others use that as an excuse to cheat us? Besides, this is their only source of livelihood, for crying out loud. If they were your family, will you prefer they be patriotic and sacrifice their lives and not get paid. What happened to “Do unto others as you will have them do unto you”. Come to think of it, years ago when players used to sacrifice for the country, what have become of their lives today? The least said the better. Back to Kwasi Appiah. As a coach, player management is the key thing to do and not player control. Tactically bankrupt, Motivationally deprived, composure wise, very demeaning. If it was a white coach back then, he will be shown the marching others. What makes Kwasi Appiah different. Please, lets face it, he has lost his touch and must go. We need a more tactical white coach who will command respect. Ghanaian can not and must not be taken for granted, period! I rest my case to continue yet another blessed day or time, RESPECT!!!

  19. dubois says:

    A primitive country with primitive thinkers
    Tactical errors must be rectified by holding the
    H.N.I.C in charge responsible
    When will Ghanaians stop making decisions with their hearts and resort to the mind .Coach must must be fired and the gfa board must be cleansed

  20. It’s about time we stop experimenting with local coaches for our national team the Black Stars. Tactically our local coaches are not good for big tournament like world cup. We’ve tried it before it did’nt work so why do we keep on repeating that.If GFA or Ghana government thinks they cannot pay for expatriate coach then we should forget about any soccer tournament. Our local are okay for local leagues only . Finally Kwasi Nyantakyi, Kwasi Appiah and his assistant the Sports Minster and his assistant must be fired. They have done great harm to mother Ghana.They will die but mother Ghana will ever lived. God bless Ghana.

  21. Blow says:

    Sumaila, Mensah and Boye should have manned our defence but Appiah’s lack of vision and the ability to motivate the players made him relegate Sumaila to the bench, reason being the foul on Arjen Rubbin. People will say whatever but Appiah is not competent to coach the Black Stars. Why was he given two years contract extension when his real coaching abilities has not been tested. Now where do we stand as he and his boss stand to benefit from a planned possible kickbacks if he is fired and payed the remaining wages. Backwards ever forward never!.

  22. Kojo says:

    Appiah and Nyantakyi need to resign – - they failed the players – - Appiah could not manage Muntari and Boateng so they were sent home. This action was disruptive to the cohesion of the team before the critical match against Portugal.

    The money was an issue but, Nyantakyi must not hide behind that, they should have resolved this before departure!!!

  23. Pls. Publis the comments I just put in . it’s very important please.

  24. Humblerock09 says:

    I hate to say that kwesi appiah should be sacked but at this time, my hands are tied. He must go

  25. PITO says:

    Has he been sacked? That is the multi million dollar question we all are waiting tp hear.
    Can’t we see Akwasi Appiah is a man LOW on confidence and an amateur?

    Ghana is the only football nation in the world that changes goal keepers like strikers and refuse to field our best players. And refuse to change tactics in a game. At the world cup I never saw Akwasi Appiah playing 3 strikers even when it was obvious we need a goal or we are coming home such as the game against Portual. He has NO IDEA how to be do this job. Go back to videos from Milovan Rajevac era and see the kind of organisation the blackstars possessed on the ball especially in midfield and compare. Is Akwasi Appiah going to be sacked??

  26. luca says:

    the blame goes to every one who had authority over the players in one way or the other.from coaches to management.those who say the players should have concentrated on the games only are only having wishful thinking.put yourself in the shoes of these players who on a day to day basis see a lot of disorganization and chaos within the management body of the gfa.from political infiltration to surprising number of people travelling with the team…am sure those who weren’t even part of the playing body were having fun all over in the faces of these players on our tax payers money..and here the players couldn’t get their monies.and yet were suppose to go onto the field and do their duties…
    and for the coach..alot of things to say but few things I would say are..
    …why did he field a defensive partnership he hardly used in preparatory matches before the world cup.knowing our defence was suspect,why didn’t these guys play enough matches together?
    …and why was adomah playing all friendly games only to be dropped..meaning he knew he wasn’t good enough and yet was trying too hard to make him a part of the team or the coach just doesn’t know who a good player is.
    kevin prince was frustrated cos he wasn’t used rightly..kojo asamoah was always a threat going forward…afriyie acquah looked like he could command the midfield too..y wasn’t he given enough playing time…
    why didn’t the coach have a strong defence in place since all the first team defensive regulars were injured long before the tournament..
    why didn’t the coach know how to use all these talents that were available to him.
    its a disgrace how this tournament turned out.there is no way we should have been out by now…but once again..Africans failing Africans just because of short sightedness and stupidity of people in authority

    The sad story of Africa continues…a continent of abaundant resources in the hands of moronic greedy fools…just like the Ghana black stars.

  27. PITO says:

    Akwasi Appiah doesnt know how to change team formation according to demand. He is not a coach.We will see more failure at other tournaments if we keep him.Blackstars will be overrun by players as low on Confidence as their manager himself. The guy is a cha-cha coach. A gambler coach and a polygamous coach. No sense of organisation.. H seem to believe too much in lucky charms. See how long he takes to even change a tired player. And the changes too are nonsense changes. Always Warris for Jordan or vice versa. Midfielder for midfielder. defender for defender!
    No idea to change formation when the going gets tough. Blackstars play shody football now compared to 2010. Agaisnt Germany I give him a some credit with organisational play but overall he is just not that good a a coach and he will destroy the BLACKSTARS !

  28. Assemblyman says:

    Now tell your readers the truth oo Ameenu! You are here in Brazil too..tell them that the alo sports minister,FA boss ,management team,coaches and playing body are already hot in finding real reason to their failure in Brazil.They are having constant meetings on writing reports already .they wanted to blame their failures on both kevin and sulley.Yes! they want to use indiscipline as the main reason for the failure . Indiscipline my foot too.what of the minister who bedded Jackie Appiah? What of the lying coach ? What of the judas Agyeman Badu who had slept with Becca but wasn’t sacked ?because Badu was the spy set upon players to report player activities to Parker and FA ? Badu gossiping business was rewarded by the coach to starting him against Portugal.But I tell you all that ,this boy or let’s say a man,because he is an old man should you meet him in person but dwarfed,that who jah bless no man curse.sulley might not be an angel sometimes like balotelli.but what do they have in common ,both are having roots in konongo and are very charitable.kevin might be whatever people might lie or say about him but he doesn’t make slave wages like Agyeman Badu does at udinese.
    Actually those crooks of big men here in Brazil are very divided over the opinion on whether they should blame kevin and sulley for infiltrating the camp with indiscipline .as section of them are thinking it will backfire big time against them as both sulley and kevin won’t keep mute over lies.as they will tell really about the truth and whatever happened here.Already because of some of us the world knows the truth,,.so confusion galore ..these people are really sweating really hard in finding answers.they are trying to write already failed reports at the moment ..

  29. A concerned citizen says:

    The reason why Dr AA must go First he is still learning..long time ago he is still building his team ..no first 11 players yet, every much new players, he can not blend very well the old and the new and as such creating confusion among the players. Thus, putting square pegs in round hole experiment to earn him “try and error” coach and i doubt whether Ghana can win a trophy. For example AFCON tournament he failed miserably. GFA gave him the second chance to make amends he has just blown that opportunity. He can not manage egos today he will fight with the Ayews or KPB tomorrow Munatari i even suspect he is fighting Esiien, Badu and others under ground because of his silent killer instincts specialty.”Dictator” coach AA will sack all the players one by one until he will have no player to coach..huh..If friends are sharing jokes why should you go and buy it? This reveals his ignorance coupled with colonial mentality plus his guilty conscience or bad motives towards his own players.His incompetence was manifested in the very first match against U,S. How can you field fresh people ahead of experienced ones? His explanation reveals his ignorance to the World.How can you go to war and leave out your best guns and go with “Ate abr3fr3″ first so when the war becomes tough then you come back to take your best guns? you must have been killed ..and that was what happened. It was because of this the international pundits never gave Ghana a dog chance and they got it right…Huge talents in Ghana..Yes but an apprentice coach managing the affairs.If care is not taken he will be killing talents…Why? His silent killing instincts is working on some seniors players to sideline them ruin their careers…He is ignorantly fielding some fresh guys to kill their confidence…Why? At a big stage you need to introduce fresh guys gradually so they will learn from their seniors. All coaches who failed at the World cup have resigned but not African “dictator” coach AA. or may be that is his family stool. Any coach could have reached the semi final or even win the World cup with these huge talents…We don’t want a coach who will share crocodile tears because of his guilty conscience.

  30. A concerned citizen...222222 says:

    The reason why Dr AA must go First he is still learning..long time ago he is still building his team ..no first 11 players yet, every match new players, he can not blend very well the old and the new and as such creating confusion among the players. Thus, putting square pegs in round hole experiment to earn him “try and error” coach and i doubt whether Ghana can win a trophy. For example AFCON tournament he failed miserably. GFA gave him the second chance to make amends he has just blown that opportunity. He can not manage egos today he will fight with the Ayews or KPB tomorrow Munatari i even suspect he is fighting Esiien, Badu and others under ground because of his silent killer instincts specialty.”Dictator” coach AA will sack all the players one by one until he will have no player to coach..huh..If friends are sharing jokes why should you go and buy it? This reveals his ignorance coupled with colonial mentality plus his guilty conscience or bad motives towards his own players.His incompetence was manifested in the very first match against U,S. How can you field fresh people ahead of experienced ones? His explanation reveals his ignorance to the World.How can you go to war and leave out your best guns and go with “Ate abr3fr3″ first so when the war becomes tough then you come back to take your best guns? you must have been killed ..and that was what happened. It was because of this the international pundits never gave Ghana a dog chance and they got it right…Huge talents in Ghana..Yes but an apprentice coach managing the affairs.If care is not taken he will be killing talents…Why? His silent killing instincts is working on some seniors players to sideline them ruin their careers…He is ignorantly fielding some fresh guys to kill their confidence…Why? At a big stage you need to introduce fresh guys gradually so they will learn from their seniors. All coaches who failed at the World cup have resigned but not African “dictator” coach AA. or may be that is his family stool. Any coach could have reached the semi final or even win the World cup with these huge talents…We don’t want a coach who will share crocodile tears because of his guilty conscience.

  31. Bostonman redsox says:

    I’m embarrassed to say I’m from ghana. Thank God I have a usa citizen. Fire the whole coaching staff and GFA members. Dissolve the team n just keep 3 people – gyan dede and kwarasey. Build around these guys. Let’s hope after this mess they will want to even be back in BS. Hire desali as coach n Essien as assistance.

  32. boys abre says:

    Akwasi Appiah must go . Why was Kwarasey bench ? why was Essien not start against Portugal when Sulley was suspended ? Even Essien could have been played the right back and move Harrison Afull to the left and Kwadjo Asamoah to the do Sulley job in the middle ? I dont know what was he thinking sending Kevin home at that time ? Was he and Nyantakyi were playing fix match ? This is world stage you dont send your good players away at that time no matter what .

  33. Nana(RSA) says:

    Akwasi Appiah, can’t win Ghana anything. A Coach who cannot vary his tactics according to his opponent. A coach who cannot make any good substitution in a match and even when it is obvious the team is losing. Let him explain to us the reason why he substituted Dede Ayew for Wakaso when we needed goals. Why did he play Dauda ahead of Kwarasey? Why didn’t he play Essien in midfield in our match against Portugal when Muntari was out? Even when it was obvious there was no cohesive play between Rabiu and Badu, why didn’t he change them for Acquah and Essien? Why did he play Kwadwo Asamoah when it was obvious we needed him in midfield in our match against Portugal. When the Dr told us that he’s find solution to our problematic leftback was he talking about Kwadwo Asamoah, our creative midfielder along Dede.

    We have all witnessed two great tournaments under our beloved Dr Appiah, Afcon and World Cup. Compare our matches against Burkina Faso a team we have always showed our supremacy over them no matter how well they play, recall Angola 2010. Under Dr Appiah we were a pale shadow of ourselves.
    They outplayed us completely, no matter how much the referee tried to help us we were just useless. We should have won our match against Portugal, but they boss our midfield from start to finish. We improved when Afriyie Acquah came on but with Wakaso’s unnecessary shots and Atsu’s wasted play and Waris missing glorious opportunity. All thanks to Dr Appiah’s poor team selection we are back here licking our wounds.

    We love to have our own as a local Coach but with Dr Appiah, Ghana cannot win a TEA CUP, not to talk about African Cup. Give this same team to Rajevic or Dujkovic and Ghana will head straight to finals of the World cup without you hearing any of these internal squabbling.

    Two options, keep Dr Appiah and win nothing or get rid of him and we will have our reputation in the World football back

  34. Theophilus k. Appiah says:

    personally i think so called senior players must stay away from the team, let take a look at de Brazilian team dey are young, energetic and committed even kaka always play ahead of our a.c Milan duo but was left behind how much more dis rusty,abondoned,rejected, disrespect , unpatriotic n no sense of humour players. it better we called a spade a spade and not a big spoon period. Ahh aden(Why).

  35. Izit kwasea appiah or kwasi appiah?
    If ur manager no dey do u well pah papa pah…away..ev where igo meet am OLAAHI igo beat am

  36. sami says:

    kwasi appiah. please find aother job. leave ghana . go to another country. please do me a favor and stop doing anything with football. this is not your sport.

  37. Samuel says:

    I hate to say this but im being objective here. Black stars is too huge for Kwasi Appiah. The modern football is based on scientific management which requires certain skills.
    In the first place to get a full synergy out of a football team, they have to play consistently together as team so that within the players it will be in
    .their subcontious the movements of one another during our preparations he refused to do that. It was as though he was doing trial and error thing.

    How a serious coach goes to the world cup with 6 defenders only?
    This was clear, we scored 6goals where as in previous world cup we were scored just 2goals.

    The big question is do we continue to use our team for experiment because he is a local coach?

  38. luca says:

    man united sacked David Moyes…why is Ghana trying to keep David Moyes?