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Gyan backs Kwesi Appiah for Black Stars job

9:16 pm AEDT 24/3/17
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The Black Stars captain has thrown his support behind his former manager ahead of the naming of a new coach next month

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says Kwesi Appiah, who managed the Black Stars between 2012 and 2014, has the qualities to head the team once again following the departure of Avram Grant upon the expiration of his contract.

The football association has setup a six-member committee to select a new coach to be announced in April.

“Kwesi Appiah is a good man. He has developed himself in Sudan after leaving Ghana in 2014. I think he is capable of handling the Black Stars again,” Gyan told Hot FM.

“He has good chances to achieve success once again with the team although the future is not known,” he added.

Ghana are in a difficult position to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup, after sharing the spoils goalless with Uganda and losing 2-0 to Egypt, leaving them five points behind the latter. However, Gyan is optimistic of defying the odds.

“I believe Ghana can make it to the World Cup but, it is not going to be an easy task.

“In spite of the challenges at hand, I know we can make it. I am very confident. Now, we have just one point which is not good, we just have to try and win our remaining matches and hope other results of Egypt and Uganda go our favor.

“I know many Ghanaians have lost hope but I am very optimistic we can make it to Russia 2018,” he added.

Goal understands that the search committee of GFA will announce the final list of coaches who have been selected from the lot for an interview next week.