I’ll Bring Back Kevin Boateng…Stars Coach Pledges

Akwasi Appiah

Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah says his doors are open to the team’s top guns who have been on the sidelines for sometime now.

In his first meeting with the sporting media at the FA secretariat yesterday, he disclosed that he is in talks with the K.P. Boatengs, Essiens and Gyans, who have been out of the team for one reason or the other.

He however stated that he will not build his team around a single player, but rather make sure that he assigns three players to a position.

Responding to his philosophy and target, he revealed: “I will ensure that the high level discipline in the team is maintained, and players who fail to comply would not be tolerated.

“I will be playing an all defensive and attacking game and make sure we win almost all our games, qualify to next Nations Cup and for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

“I have been to all the league centres apart from Tarkwa. I want to feature the best because I would be held responsible should I fail in the discharge of my duties,” he added.

Regarding his criteria for player selection, he pointed out: “I will consider the best, pick experienced players who have made impact in the team alongside the current breed.”

The former Black Stars assistant coach believes the local league has taken a paradigm shift, and has more to offer the national team.

According to the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwasi Nyantakyi, his outfit has been in talks with coach Appiah regarding his assistant.

He gave the promise that coach Appiah’s assistant would be named soon.

Kwasi Appiah, who replaces Goran Stevanovic, guided the Black Stars to fourth place at the 2012 Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum


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