Coach Kwesi Appiah debunks claims of failing to manage players with egos

Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah has rubbished suggestions that he is failing to manage big players in the team.

The 56-year-old led Ghana to the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament but were booted out in the group stage of the competition for the first time in history.

Ghana’s abysmal performance at the tourney was partly blamed on Kevin Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari, and Michael Essien as the masterminds of problems in Ghana’s World Cup.

However, many believe that the coach could not manage the ego of certain players who went to the extent of dictating to the coach to drop goalkeeper Adams Kwarasey.

Speaking to Ghanaweb in an interview, he said, “You see these are some of the things that if you’ve played before, they wouldn’t be issues that will pin me down, if it’s difficult to handle the players then I don’t think I’m qualified to be a head coach.

“The important thing is that sometimes the coach has to take a decision that is different from what they expect, and they think the coach is taking that decision because he wants to take some particular player out but I know what I am doing”, he explained.

Coach Kwesi Appiah, who played at the left-back position for the Black Stars and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, said no one is perfect and that is the more reason why the senior players need to be given chances to prove themselves or watch them mess up and realise their faults when the young players compete and take their positions.

“At the end of the day, once these big players notice there are something’s that are not right and starts making them backslide and there is a young competitor and they might take their positions from them, they then “kill” themselves and stop disobeying, irrespective of your status”, said Kwesi Appiah.

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