Kwasi Appiah Justifies Why He Is Away From Elite Football

Former Ghana Black Stars coach justifies why he is away from coaching at the highest level.

James Kwasi Appiah reveals the life of an elite football coach by explaining how the pressures of handling the national team could be problematic.

Currently, the 61-year-old works as head coach of the Ghanaian youth side Kenpong Football Academy.

“There are so many pressures you deal with at the national team level – some with the GFA [Ghana Football Association], clubs, agents, and the players themselves coming with their egos, and so if you don’t take a break [and] you want to stay under this pressure, you will die,” Appiah said on Untold Stories TV GH.

“When I used to be up there [coaching at an elite level], as I am sitting with you now chatting, my mind would have been somewhere else. You don’t have the time to concentrate on the things around you.

“You are always planning tactics and how to beat an opponent. It’s not something I will advise someone to get there. People sometimes think the national team is easy and they can just walk in there, but the pressure in it is not advisable [to take on].”

He became the head coach of Ghana Black Stars for the first time in 2012, qualifying the team for both the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 World Cup.

Ghana finished fourth at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa. For the first time, Ghana suffered a first-round elimination at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

After leaving the Black Stars job in 2014, Appiah was shortly appointed head coach of Sudanese side Al Khartoum, managing the club until 2017 when he returned to take the Ghana job for a second spell.

His second stint also did no go as planned as he was let go at the end of his contract after Ghana suffered a Round of 16 elimination at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt.


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