Dede Surprised At Appiah’s Departure

Dede AyewANDRE Ayew has expressed surprise at the departure of Kwesi Appiah and denied players ganged up against the former Ghana captain at the later stages of his rein.

Kwesi Appiah parted ways with the GFA last Thursday evening following the Black Stars’ unconvincing start to the 2015 AFCON qualifying campaign.

And, the Olympique Marseille winger claims players formed a special bond with the trainer and his sacking came as a surprise to the entire team, rejecting reports the coach failed to firm up authority at the dressing room.

“We had formed a special bond with the manager and didn’t expect this at this time. I honestly don’t think any one of us really expected this to come at this time,” he said.

A section of the Ghanaian media claim the 24-year-old clash with Kwesi Appiah over his substitution during the 3-2 win over Togo and failed exchange hand shakes with him after the game. But Andre has rejected the reports.

“Who says I didn’t shake hands with Kwesi Appiah after the last game. That is never true. And who says some of us, senior players walked up to him to question his credibility after the Togo game.

“I don’t remember seeing any of my team mates doing that so I find it strange that the media will report on something that actually did not happen in Lome.

“But anyway, there is nothing we can do but only say our hearts are with him and we appreciate him for what he gave to us”.

Meanwhile, Ex-Ghana striker Kim Grant has applied for the vacant Black Stars coaching job .

The former Charlton Athletic player is the first to confirm his application after the Ghana FA announced parting ways with Kwesi Appiah on mutual consent.

Grant holds a UEFA license B coaching certificate and remains open to any coaching position at the Ghana Football Association.

The 41-year-old currently scouts for English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

“Grant has tendered his application to the GFA for all the positions including the Black Stars but we favour the U-17 because of his links in Europe,” Grants spokesperson Jacob Klins revealed.

“We are looking to hear from them but we want to help develop Ghana football.”

Grant last worked as manager for Conference National side Woking in 2008 where his reign lasted for four months.

He played for Ghana between 1996 and 1997 and made seven appearances for the Black Stars.

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