Ghana coach Appiah warns off corrupt player agents
By Ameenu Shardow
Akwasi Appiah says unscrupulous football agents will not be tolerated during his tenure as Ghana coach.
The Black Stars has in recent times been dominated by the perception of call ups being based on how influential a player agent is.
But Appiah who signed a two-year renewable contract with the Ghana FA tasked with leading the team to 2013 Nations Cup triumph and a semi final berth at the 2014 World Cup says such corrupt agents better stay away from him or risk getting their clients dropped.
“If you are are manager or a football agent, the best thing you do is to talk to your players to do well in order to get call ups,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“I want to make it clear that no agent shoud call me with the intention of talking to me about his player. It might even incur my wrath on the said player.
“I have an open door policy for player call ups, it is only left with them (players) to do well in their respective clubs to earn being called to the Black Stars.
“As an agent you could have $1bn and I can have only $100 but you cannot influence me with that.”
Appiah’s immediate assignment will be to guide the Black Stars through two tough 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zambia in June.