James Kwesi Appiah had a vision for the senior national team, the Black Stars of Ghana. A vision to build a football team that Ghana could depend on for the next 15 years.
That was not meant to be. The 55-year-old who took on the Ghana job to be the first local coach to qualify the Black Stars to a FIFA World Cup tournament was relieved of his duties as head coach after a drama-filled performance from the team in Brazil.
Kwesi Appiah was consequently replaced by former Chelsea coach Avram Grant who has now spent a year in managing the Black Stars.
Speaking to Starr FM, coach James Kwesi Appiah explained some of his call-up decisions and the ambition he had for the team saying:
“My ambition was to build a team that the nation will depend on for the next 10-15 years and if you recollect I was being criticized for not having a regular team because my team had new faces.
“It was good to invite new faces to build competition in the team so you don’t solely depend on some players. These dependents later bluff the country when they decide they won’t play again you see the whole country crying.
“So many of these players form the core of the team and it wasn’t about Kwesi Appiah but rather Ghana as a whole.”
The former Black Stars captain is currently a coach at Khartoum Al Watani, a football club based in Khartoum, Sudan.