Akwasi Appiah

Newly-appointed Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah would receive $20,000 as his monthly salary, DAILY GUIDE SPORTS can confirm.

Appiah’s salary, equivalent to 15,000 Euros, is a sharp increase from the $3,000 he was receiving as an assistant coach to his Serb Superior Goran Stevanovic, who was taking 30,000 Euros per month.

The former Black Stars captain replaces his Serb boss Goran Stevanovic after a poor showing when Gabon and Equatorial Guinea hosted the continent in the last January Nations Cup.

Besides the enticing purse, the 10th All African Games gold winner would be entitled to the other fringe benefits his predecessor enjoyed during his reign.

He met with his employers, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Committee yesterday to discuss details of his contract.

Appiah’s appointment forms part of the FA’s initiative to change the fortunes of the senior national team after expatriates like Rinus Israel, the late Bukhard Ziese, Otto Pfister, Ralph Zumdick,  Dossena, Mariano Baretto,   Claude Le Roy, Ratomir Dujkovic, Milovan Rajevac, among others, have failed to win silverware for the country.

Veteran coaches like Sam Arday, Francis Oti Akenteng and others believe the decision, after a head-hunting exercise, was a wise one.

They, along with the majority of Ghanaians, believe with massive support from his employers like has been the practice for the expatriates, ‘Mayeele’ as he is popularly called, will win laurels with the club.

Ghana handed Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio the position of a substantive coach many years ago, but the GFA had since resorted to the use of expatriates until it settled on the former Asante Kotoko left back.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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