Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is the most high profile departure but the changes go much wider.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is the most high profile departure but the changes go much wider.

ACCRA, GHANA – Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) has removed all its national team coaches, at all levels of the game.

The announcement was made late on Thursday evening and sees the end of Kwesi Appiah’s second stint in charge of the senior men’s national team. The changes go far beyond the Black Stars.

The GFA statement confirmed it had “dissolved the technical teams of all national teams with immediate effect”.

It is a sweeping move by the GFA, which has been under new leadership since October, following a year under the control of a normalization committee.

“The decision affects both male and female national teams,” the GFA said. “The GFA extends its appreciation to all coaches and members of the respective national teams for their contributions to our teams and Ghana football.

“We wish them all the best in their endeavors.” Kwesi Appiah and his coaching crew of ex-Ghana internationals Richard Kingson, Charles Akunnor and Stephen Appiah are the most high profile departures, but there will be changes at all levels of the international game.

The fact that it has affected the technical teams of all national teams including the Women’s teams, the U17, U20 and U23s will come as a bit of a shock.

But a lot of people expected Kwesi Appiah to lose his job after the Nations Cup in Egypt, where Ghana only reached the second round. The swiftness with which the GFA has moved will win them a lot of friends.

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Jos Garneo Cephas Sr. has reported as online and broadcast Journalist on Human rights, Civil Society and development issues for the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS/ELBC) for about nine years. He worked in West Africa for Ghana Daily Guide Newspaper for ten years, as Human Rights Reporter, Liberia Desk Editor, and an international volunteer and Fellow of Journalist for Humana Rights (JHR). He Founded the Communication for Awareness and Development, a Non for Profit International NGO and the Vision Newspaper in Ghana, as publisher, Editor-In-Chief and stringed for the Voice Of America(VOA) at the height of the refugee crisis, covering more than 42,000 Liberian refugees in Ghana including other West Africans for several years in the sub-region. Jos Garneo Cephas Sr. has a BSc in modern-day Development Studies, and AA-Degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Entrepreneurship and Founder and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Liberia leading Social enterprise, Heartbeat Tourism for Sustainable Development(HTSD), Liberia Inc. He has numerous publications on opinions and developmental issues for leading Ghanaian and Liberian newspapers and magazines and online, and has provided national and international media consultancies, and is researching for a publication on “Tourism Its Impact and Youth Employment”.

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