The debate over whether Ghana should tip a local or a foreign coach to manage 2010 World Cup Quater finalist the Black Stars is intensifying. Kwesi Appiah has been appointed a caretaker coach after Milovan Rajevic quit the Stars for Saudi’s Al-Ahly earlier this month. Appiah will be the man in charge of the Black Stars when they face the Sudan in Accra on October 10.
In the aftermath of Milovan Raevic’s shock departure, many Ghanaian Sports Enthusiasts and experts including veteran Sports commentator Kwabena Yeboah have agued the time is ripe for a local Coach. Others have suggested the Black Stars’ game against the Sudan be used as a test match for Appiah, a local coach to prove Himself to be a competent manager.
Kwabena Yeboah, speaking in an interview, said He doesn’t believe one match could be used to judge the competence of a coach. “When Milovan Raeovic was given the mandate to lead Ghana back in 2008, He lost his first game against Libya, Milo lost his first game in charge, It was one of the worse games “I’ve ever witnessed the Black Stars play” Kwabena laments
Kwabena said had Milovan Rajevic been judged solely on that game, “He would have been sacked immediately”.
Former Ghana and Bayern Munich star Sammy Kuffour, when asked of His opinion on who should be the next coach of the Black Stars, said “We need someone with respect and experience” ..”we shouldn’t just pick a coach because He is local” he added. Kuffour however said he believes there are many local coaches who are capable of managing the senior national team . “People like Desailly, C.K Akunnor and Gargo can get the job done”.
Local coach advocates are stepping up the pressure on the GFA to appoint an indigenous to the Stars’ top post. “It’s important we give our own the chance to shine on the big stages” says Frimpong a former Ghanaian international.
Ghana FA vice president Fred Pappoe said “The colour of the next coach is not important but how best he can do the job. The issue of black or white coach should be put aside.”
It’s been reported that the GFA has received over 60 applications from both Local and foreign coaches for the Black Stars’ top job. The applicants includes former chelsea striker and Sunderland manager Gianfranco Zola. Ghanaian born Ex-France captain Marcel Desailly. Former African Footballer of the Year Karim Abdul Razak.