The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has named former captain James Kwesi Appiah head coach of the senior national team for the second time.

Appiah, 56, who steered the Black Stars between 2012 and 2014, replaces Israeli Avram Grant, who left his post after guiding the West African nation to fourth place at the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon last February.

“The decision was taken by the Executive Committee of the GFA on Tuesday (4 April 2017) after approving the report of the six-man coaching search committee.

“Appiah will be handed a two-year contract and will start his duties on 1st May, 2017. He will also take full charge of the Local Black Stars,” the GFA said in a statement.

A revered left-back during his playing days, the soft-spoken Appiah is credited for Ghana’s qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Germany, a first by an indigenous coach. However, he left his position by mutual consent in September 2014 after a myriad of problems clouded Ghana’s dismal performance at the Mundial in Brazil.

Few months after, he signed for Sudanese side, Al Khartoum, guiding them to some performances in domestic, regional and continental championships.

He also served as Assistant Coach of the Black Stars between 2007 and 2012.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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