Kwesi Appiah is set to begin his second spell in May 2017. Here are 10 facts to know about the new Ghana coach
1. James Kwesi Appiah was born on 30 June 1960.
2. He is a Ghanaian football coach and former player.
3. He became manager of Sudanese club Al Khartoum in December 2014.
4. Appiah, a left back, played club football with Asante Kotoko,playing for them between 1983 and 1993.
5. Appiah played for the Ghanaian national team between 1987 and 1992, appearing in two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches;he also captained the team.
6. James Kwesi Appiah was Ghana’s assistant coach between 2007 and 2012.
7. Appiah was coach of Ghana U23 as they won the 2011 All-Africa Games.
8. He was appointed as the Head coach of the Ghanaian national team in April 2012,describing himself as “the underdog” in the process. His Ghana team qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, making him the first black African coach to take the country to the World Cup.
9. He was given a new two-year contract in May 2014.
10. He left his position as Ghana manager by mutual consent in September 2014.
Kwesi Appiah Returns: 15 numbers that characterized his first reign
Kwesi Appiah was appointed Ghana coach for the first time on April 9 2012. Exactly 60 months and 5 days shy, he has been re-appointed to lead the Black Stars for the next two years.
What were the key numbers in his first spell in charge?
2- Asamoah Gyan and Dede Ayew were the only scorers for Appiah’s Black Stars that participated in the 2014 World Cup
3 – His last game was a 3-2 victory for the Black Stars in Lome against Togo. Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Agyeman Badu and Christian Atsu scored the goals.
4 – Number of competitive matches drawn + Number of goals scored at 2014 World Cup
5 – Number of competitive matches lost
6– His best and memorable performance to date as Ghana beat Egypt 6-1 in a World Cup playoff game in Kumasi + Total number of games won.. (Competitive + non-competitive)
7 – Kwesi Appiah’s reign as Ghana coach began with a comprehensive 7-0 victory over Lesotho in Kumasi with goals coming from Sulley Muntari, Christian Atsu. Jerry Akaminko and a brace each for Jordan Ayew and Dominic Adiyiah.
10 – Number of games played in non-competitive matches.
12 – Number of competitive matches won
16 – Total number of games won. (Competitive + non-competitive)
21 – Number of competitive matches played + number of competitive goals conceded.
31 – Total number of games (competitive + non-competitive) played in his first spell.
33 – Total number of goals conceded. (Competitive + non-competitive)
40 – Win percentage in non-competitive games.
46 – Number of competitive goals scored.
62– Total number of goals scored. (Competitive + non-competitive)
NB: Competitive matches comprise of World Cup and AFCON qualifiers as well as AFCON matches and World Cup matches.
Non-competitive matches comprise of all friendly matches.