Afriyie backs Appiah to succeed as Ghana coach

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Exclusive: The football association chief has advised Ghanaians to support the new Black Stars coach in order for him to live up to expectations

Ghana Football Association vice president George Kwesi Afriyie has urged Ghanaians to support Kwesi Appiah to be successful after being named coach of the Black Stars until 2019.

The 56-year-old was confirmed as Avram Grant's successor on Tuesday ahead of Frenchman Willy Sagnol and Cameroon coach Hugo Broos.

"Kwesi Appiah is the new coach and deserves his appointment because of what he has achieved as a player and manager as well as his performance during the interview sessions," Afriyie told Goal.

"He has two years to help improve football on and off the pitch in the country. There is an option to extend his stay depending on his performance. Following his departure in 2014, many things have changed but we hope that he will fulfill the expectations everyone has for him within the two years. I hope he will get the Black Stars back to winning ways but Ghanaians must rally behind him so he can deliver.

"I can't confirm whether he will need a new backroom staff or will work with the old faces but I can assure that such details will be released to the media very soon. I want to be careful on certain issues because it was not even addressed in the press release by GFA to confirm his appointment.

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"There are still some consultations ongoing including his salaries and bonuses and the dust will settle soon before he starts on May 1," he added.

Goal understands that Appiah will be paid $35,000 per month, which represents 70 per cent of the earnings former coach Grant was entitled to.

Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah and goalkeeper Richard 'Olele' Kingson are expected to be named as new team manager and goalkeeping coach respectively while, Ibrahim Tanko takes over from Maxwell Konadu as the new assistant coach, Goal's sources have revealed.