Former Ghana Football Association president, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has blamed Coach Kwasi Appiah for the Black Stars’ disappointing performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt and have urged him to resign.
Tunisia crashed Ghana out of the tournament in the round of 16 of the competition to extend the country’s trophyless jinx to 39 years.
The former Al Khartoum manager has then been under intense pressure to relinquish his position as the head coach of the Black Stars.
It was the first time Ghana had failed to make the quarter-final of the tournament since 2006.
“You do not change the captain of the team just weeks to a game and expect to get remarkable results at the end of the tournament,” Nyaho-Tamakloe, GFA president between 2004 and 2005, told The Ghana Report.
“He lacks self-confidence which he clearly demonstrated when he failed to maintain his stance on [excluding Gyan from the Afcon squad following the striker’s decision to quit the team if stripped of the captaincy].
“Be bold and resign on principle,” the former Hearts of Oak board member added.
Veteran striker Asamoah Gyan retired from international duty after he was stripped of the captaincy in favour of Swansea City attacker Andre Ayew.
It eventually took the intervention of Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo to persuade the 33-year-old to reverse his decision and accept his place in the squad.
However, rumours swirled around the squad that relations between the coach, Ayew and Gyan were strained throughout the tournament.
By: Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah