I’m waiting for GFA’s response after applying for Black Stars job – Kwesi Appiah

Ex-Ghana coach James Kwasi Appiah says he is yet to receive a response from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) after applying for the vacant Black Stars job.

The 62-year-old is one of over 60 managers who have so far applied to become Ghana’s next head coach.

He was reappointed as Black Stars coach in 2017, taking over from former Chelsea and Portsmouth manager Avram Grant.

However, his tenure came to an end in December 2019 after the GFA declined the chance to have it renewed. Last week, Appiah announced that he had applied to coach the national team for a third stint and says he hasn’t gotten any response yet.

“Yes, I have applied for the vacant role but I am still waiting to hear back from the Ghana FA,” he told the BBC.

“I don’t want to be doing interviews about the job application until I get a response. As we speak, I haven’t heard anything from them (the GFA).”

Meanwhile, Appiah also suggested that he applied for the Black Stars job to correct the false impression that local coaches are not good enough.

“Even though I had no intention of applying for the position, I later decided to do so just to correct the wrong impression that no local coach was qualified for the Black Stars job,” he told the Graphic Sports.

“All along I thought the GFA was headhunting for a new coach because I didn’t hear any announcement inviting applications from interested coaches.

“So when I heard that many foreign coaches had already applied, I also decided to apply to put it on record that local coaches also have what it takes to handle the Black Stars.”

Ghana has been without a coach since Otto Addo stepped down from the position after the team’s group-stage exit at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

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