There are good local coaches in Ghana – Kwesi Appiah

Ghana assistant coach Kwesi Appiah believes there are several good local coaches in the country after successfully guiding the national U23 team, the Black Meteors, to secure qualification for the All Africa Games.

Appiah led his under strength team to beat the Dream Team of Nigeria to go through on the away goals rule.

Speaking to E TV, Appiah said the west African side abounds with several good coaches who need to be given time to deliver the goods.

“I don’t like the idea of using me as a yardstick,” he said. “I believe that we have still got very good local coaches around. The important thing is that the media and all Ghanaians should give them the opportunity.”

There have been several poor results recorded by local coaches at recent tournaments, including the African Nations Championship, the African Youth Championship and the failure of the Black Meteors to qualify for the Olympic Games.

“I believe you don’t use a game or two to judge a coach. You have to get long term plans for them and at the same time I believe that most of us need to further our education in coaching so that when given the chance, we can perform.

“Most of the times, we use a game or two or one competition to judge our local coaches, but I don’t think it’s fair. We should give them long term contracts and long-term plans and see what they can do,” the former Black Stars captain added.

Appiah, who was only brought in as a caretaker coach following the failure of then coach David Duncan to beat Sudan in the Olympic qualifiers, stated he is unsure whether he will be given the nod to take the team to the quadrennial event in Mozambique this September.

“It’s not something I will like to answer now because I don’t know the FA’s plans,” he said.

“In actual fact, I was given this position three weeks prior to our game in Nigeria and they later said I should handle the team as a caretaker coach for these two-leg games.

“Now that I have finished, and by God’s grace we have qualified, all I need to do now is to hand over to the FA,” Appiah said.