Local Coaches Urged Not To Apply For Stars Coach’s Job

J.E SarpongEBUSUA Dwarfs Coach J.E Sarpong has warned all indigenous coaches not to apply for the vacant Black Stars job to forget it, saying the Ghana FA prefers an expatriate.

The experienced trainer believes it will be waste of time for an indigenous coach to put his application since he will not be considered.

“I will not apply for the job and I tell you that any local coach who applies for the job is wasting his time,” Sarpong told GHANASoccernet.com.

“The FA is clearly on a hunt for a foreign coach so if a local coach ventures I believe it’s a complete waste of time.”

Kwesi Appiah’s reign ended last Friday after the Ghana Football Association reached a mutual agreement to part ways with the 54-year-old.

He made case for indigenous African coaches after qualifying and leading the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup finals.

But it looks like Ghana’s inability to progress from the Group stage and the bore 1-1 draw with Uganda at home in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In arelated development,Maxwell Konadu has been asked to take charge of the Black Stars for the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifying double header against Guinea next month.

Konadu was the assistant to recently fired head coach Kwesi Appiah; a position he has held since April 2012.

Following the sacking of Appiah Ghana Football Association is expected to head hunt and appoint a new head coach for the team.

Ghana will travel to Casablanca to face Guinea on October 10, with both teams clashing again in Kumasi on October 15.

In a related development,the GFA is yet to officially hand Kwesi Appiah his letter of terminating his appointmebt.

Meanwhile, the Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Saanie Daara says the committee mandated to appoint a technical adviser has been mandated to look for a new head coach for the Black Stars.

According to Daara, applications for the position have been opened for a period of seven days in order to quickly find a replacement for Appiah.

“The committee mandated to appoint a technical adviser has been given the mandate to go ahead to look for a head coach. What we are doing now is to open applications further for both those who previously applied for the job of a technical adviser and those new applicants for the vacant job of a substantive Black Stars coach.

“We have put a one-week timeline [till 5pm, September 19] for people to send in their applications. This is because we are aware that the third and fourth round of matches in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers are just about four weeks away and so, we want to do this as rapidly as possible. We will use the subsequent week to sieve through and pick which personalities or people to be interviewed for the job.”

Daara further revealed that members of the technical staff of the team would remain at post, contrary to reports that the technical team had been disbanded, adding that the GFA Executive Committee would have a say in the make up of the backroom staff.

“The mutual parting of ways with Coach Kwesi Appiah doesn’t mean that the backroom staff available has been sacked. As far as the Ghana Football Association has not sent a statement saying that they have been changed, they are still at post. What that means is that, whichever coach will take charge from now to 6months or wherever, the coach will need to rely on some knowledge from people who have worked in that position to be able to progress. If the coach brings up a proposal that is agreeable to the executive committee, fine. But the executive committee will have a strong say in who forms the backroom staff of the Black Stars.”

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