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Appiah is better than Dujkovic and Rajevac - Ghana FA Ex.Co member Randy Abbey

Posted On Sunday, 8th December 2013
Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana FA Executive Committee Member Randy Abbey insists Akwasi Appiah is better than Milovan Rajevac and Ratomir Dujkovic who chalked massive success with the Black Stars during their reign.

Appiah will be leading Ghana to its third successive World Cup finals haven presided over a flambouyant qualification series.

Some soccer fans however harbour some doubt over whether the ex Black Stars skipper is the best man to take the team to next year’s finals in Brazil – with sceptics quick to point out to the massive achievements of Ratomir Duijkovic and Milovan Rajevac.

Duijkovic led Ghana to its first World Cup qualification – where the Black Stars emerged as the only African side to make it out of the group stage in Germany 2006.

Doya’s’ Serbian compatriot Milovan Rajevac then took the team to even greater heights four years later to a quarter final finish in South Africa.

Many are now casting doubts over Akwasi Appiah’s ability to equal or even surpass the feat of these expatriate coaches with Ghana drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.

Abbey who worked closely with Appiah at the U23 level to deliver gold for Ghana at the 2011 All Africa Games is bemused by the subtle rising pessimism over Appiah’s ability at the biggest stage despite presiding over a flambouyant qualification campaign.

“We know how we are able to help coaches to succeed and we’ve being doing same for Akwasi Appiah,” Abbey said on GTV’s Stage Africa show.

“And I can sit here and say that at least over the last 10 years, of all the coaches that we’ve brought in to handle the Black Stars, none of them have performed better than Akwasi Appiah.

“We can get into the statistics, we can look at the issues. But there is still that level of doubt.

“I don’t know whether it is a function of colonialism or ne-colonialism or inferiority complex, I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.”

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  1. texas says:

    Well said Randy……tell em….

  2. POW@ Group G for the 2 G's says:


    Please Randy Abbey spoke based on statistics of work done by the past coaches and compared them with Appiah’s which it’s very true that he “Appiah” holds the trump card. It doesn’t mean Appiah or any of the previous coaches is better than the other. They came a different times and played in different times. Let’s not create any unnecessary tension here.

  3. real Sabacious says:

    Ok we hear ! I hope you don’t eat ur own words when the tournament start.i personally have own doubt on Akwasi Appiah as a coach. I hope he proves some of us wrong next summer

  4. bobobo says:

    well said Randy. Much respect to you for speaking the truth. Hopefully the people suffering from the inferiority complex will look in the mirror and change their mindset. Even though we are faced with a difficult task ahead, we shall overcome. we go into tournaments to win the 1st place price, so we shouldn’t fear, let them fear us.

  5. benny says:

    Randy has said it well.No prophet is honoured in his own country.
    If AA happens to be a foreigner,Ghanaians will adore him as the best that can be.
    Timid minded fools.Everything outside Ghana is better.
    We take that attitude everywhere.Here in the uk,Ghanaians do inferior jobs more that any nationals l have come across.90% of tube cleaners are Ghanaians.
    AA has done really well.All odds were against us qualifying.No Essien,DEDE,KPB,3 free points for Zambia plus we lost against ZAMBIA.
    Even if we don’t make it past the group stage,we can’t write AA off.Football is an unpredictable game.
    Even if we win the world cup,there wll still be people who will doubt AA.

  6. IKE says:

    The tough group will force Ghana BS to prepare very well knowing the teams to face are not walk over teams. That is where Ghana will spring surprises!!!

  7. OGYA says:

    I think Randy is going out of his “Fkn” mind. Are you kidding me. I would have supported his claims if this acute head Randy had said “Let’s just wait and see”.

    Like always we have idiotic Ghanaians who do not have any common sense say things out of their “Fufu Eating Bellies” instead of their brains. For one Akwesi Appiah hasn’t even played a single actual world cup game yet, so how can he be better than those coaches before him who actual played world cup games and won.

    This is the type of behavior that has rendered Ghana one of the most backward places in Africa. Its all because of our stupid and mentally acute leaders who do not think and have no foresight.

  8. Watataman says:

    Well, Ghanaians love one goal project and panic attack game than what Akwasi Appiah has done. Scoring many goals than any other coach Ghana has ever had.
    Appiah has a system and it work well for the Stars but not those naysayers. Who think power to the west alone is a charitable offense.
    When we had kojovich and milovich our players work extra hard but produced a goal in each game and the rest was just panic attack, that killed many Africans.
    No and never but we will adore Appiah system that produce more goals and the coach must be supported by all tom and harry’s out there.

  9. Watataman says:

    Fitness and sharpness are all we need to get out of our group of death. That said, I would encourage the coach to be bold and work on players fitness level. Andre Ayew, our best player has gain weight and we need him to shed some pounds. In order to make effect, his running’s and accurate passes.
    Our lead striker should also be cautioned to shed some pounds and also think about scoring before dancing. The later is always a failure and he must understand nature of his job. Carrying the hearts of Africa.
    Our Dauda keeper is good but suffer from aerial balls, free kicks,corners and penalties. As he panicked in those areas.
    We need a special coach to mentally train them to be stable during penalty shoot out and catch some balls. Our young keeper should demonstrate and show them how he does well with penalties. It’s all about discipline and focusing on the ball but not the player. That’s where keepers got beaten, they focus on the player. I was once a keeper and my trick to focus on the ball helped me saved many penalties.

  10. jah liveth says:

    Thank you Randy! All those insulting you are so inferior they are even a shame to our race. Appiah is as good and even better than many of the foreign coaches we have hired. You all inferior Ghanaians can go to hell if you don’t like the black man in charge!!

  11. redd says:

    Rady,please wait and let Appiah play his firs WC match.Then yu can do you bogus comparison.Now the serbians are not here to defend themselves and their records so people like you are having a fields day.Years after Appiah is gone you will say the same thing about him.Like it or hate them the sebians did Ghana proud.We can only say thank u to them so that they too can wish our own appiah well.That is how it should be.

  12. fred says:

    how can aa be better than these two coaches.ahhh Randy please come again is never true.guys we have Soccernet watsup page,there we argue soccer and share our minds so if u want to join just hit my digits.

  13. sam says:

    hmm! as for me am waiting for our first group match in the tournament b4 making any comments

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