President of the Ghana Football Association says the process of appointing a substantive head coach for the senior national team would not be rushed following the weekend’s Nations Cup qualifying result.
Kwesi Nyantakyi on Wednesday confirmed that the FA is sticking to its process and dismissed suggestions that the search would be fast-tracked.
Ghana played out a goalless draw with Sudan at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi in the qualifying for the 2012 African Nations Cup as assistant coach, Kwesi Appiah took temporal charge of the Black Stars in the absence of a substantive head.
“The game on Sunday was not and would not have influenced our decision in naming a substantive coach for the Black Stars within a specific time-frame,” Kwesi Nyantakyi said in Accra.
“We knew that we were going to have more than three months to go before we play our next competitive match in the qualifying series which would be in March 2011 and thus there was no need to rush the process.
“It is important to note that we [GFA] never opened up the position after [Milovan] Rajevac’s departure. But we continue to receive applications of persons wanting to handle Ghana. So, we would have a look at their applications too.
“The FA would certainly make an appointment but that wasn’t going to be contingent on the result against Sudan. We are not going to be forced into fast-tracking this important process just because of one game.
“The right choice would have to be made. And we are up to the task of ensuring that we work towards that announcement.”
Football analysts continue to deliberate on their ideal man for the job based on names being speculated in the local media. But the FA President insists such discussions can be dangerous as the analysts might rather do a disservice to the persona of certain people speculated to be interested in the job.
“It’s important that the discussions are based on facts and objectivity rather than an attempt to slight the credentials of people. I continue to hear names of all kinds of coaches.
“But the process would be determined by the Ghana Football Association. The views of stakeholders would matter but no one can pressure us into going towards a particular direction,” he said.
Ghana is without a substantive head coach following the departure of Milovan Rajevac last month after the expiration of his two-year contract to coach the Black Stars.