Appiah hopes to coach Stars

Stephen Appiah

Stephen Appiah

FORMER Ghana captain, Stephen Leroy Appiah, has revealed that his ultimate desire is to manage the senior national team, the Black Stars.

However, the man who retired from international football in 2010 after captaining the team to two successive World Cups in Germany and South Africa says he is not in a rush for the position at the moment.

According to him, various appeals from friends and colleagues who believe in him have tried to convince him to get the job in future, adding that ‘I have given these suggestion some serious thoughts and am working on securing a coaching badge in the not too distant future.”

Speaking on Joy FM at the weekend, Tornado as he is affectionately called amongst his peers revealed that he would like to start his coaching career with the national Under-17 side the Black Starlets.

Appiah, a World Cup winner at that (U-17) level in 1995 in Ecuador stated that he believes in humble beginnings and sees the Starlets as a fertile ground to kick-start his coaching career.

“I will start from the scratch, and gradually I will get the self confidence, learn the rudiments of the profession very well before possibly moving on to handle the senior national team, the Black Stars.”

He however failed to point a specific time to kick-start that career.

Appiah revealed that he has accepted a request by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to be a member of the backroom staff of new coach Avram Grant for the impending Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea.

On the Black Stars and their chances OF winning the AFCON 2015, Appiah said the team has a bright chance, adding that with the recent history of the team at the tournament, all eyes would be on Ghana again.

By Raymond Ackumey

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