- Kwesi Appiah says his sack in 2014 after the World Cup in Brazil was politically motivated
- The former Ghana coach says John Mahama instructed Kwesi Nyantakyi to fire him
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Former Ghana coach, James Kwesi Appiah has revealed that former president John Dramani Mahama was the reason why he was sacked in 2014 after Ghana’s shambolic performance at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Mr. Appiah in his book titled, "Leaders Don’t Have To Yell" states that, then President John Mahama asked former Ghana football boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi to sack him after the Black Stars returned from Brazil.
“To anyone who was objectively looking at the facts of the circumstances surrounding Brazil 2014, it was obvious that my termination was an attempt by the powers-that-be to shift blame away from themselves,” Appiah wrote.
“Kwesi Nyantakyi called me to his office that day and informed me that he had been asked by the President of the nation to relieve me of my duties.”
Kwesi Appiah is currently on a campaign promoting his 400-page book. The book consist of information about his life, career and experience of the 59-year-old as a player and as a coach.
The book also talked about how the Black Stars only received a presidential salute from then president Jerry John Rawlings after the team won the 1982 AFCON.
Appiah was a member of the Black Stars squad that conquered the continent four decades ago in Libya, although he did not make a single appearance at the tournament due to injury.
Kwesi Appiah was reappointed as coach of the senior national team in 2017 and was at the helm of affairs until his contract expired in December 2019.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that former Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, surprised football lovers with his all-time Black Stars best XI.
The list was released by Appiah after he launched his book. Appiah explained why he chose Asamoah Gyan ahead of Tony Yeboah when it comes to the striking role.
The former coach noted that the choice of players for his best XI was based on players he watched, played with and coached.
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