GFA’s Faux Pas!

Such is the world of football. Coaches and managers of teams are sacked and dumped capriciously for newer ones.

As it is widely known, it is easier to sack a coach than to sack the entire players for lack of performance.

Capability is one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissal, along with conduct and other substantial factors.

Such is the fate of Ghana’s Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah, who has been axed after 28 months on the job.

Mr Appiah’s two-year contract was terminated in an astonishing manner, but the Football Association claims it was a mutual agreement for both parties to part ways.

According to a statement on the Ghana FA official website, “The two parties met on Friday morning, to reach the agreement on the departure of Mr Appiah”.

The Times is not only shocked, but perplexed at the sudden turnaround of the Ghana Football Association to dismiss Coach Appiah barely two matches into his new two-year contract.

The GFA up until last Friday, had stoically stood by Kwesi Appiah, even after the abysmal performance of the Black stars at the World Cup in Brazil.

To the utter dismay of many, the FA rather announced that a new contract had been given to the coach at the time most Ghanaians were still gnashing their teeth, and moaning over the poor performance of the Black Stars at the World Cup.

The Football Association ignored the pain and anguish suffered by football loving Ghanaians, and awarded the new contract.

At that time, Kwesi Nyantakyi, the GFA president, reaffirmed total confidence in Coach Appiah, and promised that he would be supported to improve on his professional capabilities.

It is, therefore, astonishing that the results of two matches-a draw against Uganda, and an away win against Togo in the ongoing African Nations Cup qualifiers, should be the basis to sack the coach.

What has happened to the promise to support Kwesi Appiah to upgrade his skills so that he can perform more effectively?

It is a shame that Kwesi Appiah is being sacrificed at this point, when the entire Management Team of the Black Stars should be taking the blame for the mess the team is going through presently.

It is unacceptable that the GFA is hiding behind the poor performance and the low confidence of Coach Appiah to sack him, after renewing his contract and promising to help him upgrade himself.

We would have expected that Kwesi Appiah would have been given a few months to turn things around, with the promise made to him fulfilled.

As matters stand now, we are going to pay him compensation in lieu of notice. If only we had taken our time to evaluate his performance at the World Cup, we would not have found ourselves in this position. Has somebody caused financial loss to the state?

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