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Ghana sports minister prefers local for Black Stars job

5:41 AM EDT 3/15/17
Isaac Asiamah says he will love to see a native in charge of the Black Stars

The clamour for the appointment of a local man as Ghana's new coach has received, perhaps, its biggest backing from the Minister for Sports, Isaac Asiamah.

The West Africans are looking to name a new coach following the vacancy created by the departure of Avram Grant last month.

A Ghana FA committee tasked with finding the new man has already closed the door for submission of applications, with a few natives having revealed submitting their CVs.

“I don’t want to interfere with the appointment of the coach for the Black Stars, it is the responsibility of the GFA," Asiamah said, as reported by Ghana Sports.

“But considering what has happened in the past, looking at the performances of the local coaches and expatriates coaches, I will prefer to see a local coach.

“It will also reduce the cost in terms of salary of the coach, so left with me I would like us to have a local coach.

"But as I said, I don’t want to interfere in the Ghana FA's job; we are going to support any person the FA chooses.”

Former Black Stars player Abdul Razak has confirmed applying for the job, while reports say Kwesi Appiah, who led Ghana to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has also sent his CV.

Ex-national stars Ibrahim Tanko and Otto Addo have also been linked to the job.

Predominantly under foreign coaches, Ghana's quest to win the Africa Cup of Nations since 1982 has ended in flames.

The Black Stars' four Afcon titles have come under the tutelage of local men.