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The man who has under-studied European coaches over the last four years is now moving into the hot seat and his rapport with the players could be an advantage

The care-taker coach of Ghana, Kwesi Appiah, has been given a substantive position following a meeting of the executive committee of the Ghana FA on Monday.

Appiah, a former Ghana international, is taking over from sacked Goran Stevanovic, after a performance that was deemed unsatisfactory at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon)

Appiah has been assistant coach of the Black Stars since 2008 and with the experience gained from European coaches it is believed he can fit into the job easily, especially since he has a good rapport with the players.

He will be meeting officials of the Ghana FA on Tuesday to formalise his deal. Appiah led the Black Meteors to win the gold medal at the 2011 All African Games.

Ghanaian-born former France international Marcel Desailly was highly tipped to replace the Serbian, but Goal.com understands his demands were too high, hence the decision to hand over the job to Appiah.

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