Mahama ordered Nyantakyi to sack me in 2014 – Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah, former coach of the senior national team Black Stars, has revealed that Ex-president John Mahama was behind his first sacking in 2014.

Appiah was fired as coach of the team after the Black Stars failed to qualify pass the group stages like they did in the previous World Cups in 2010 and 2006.

While many Ghanaians thought he was sacked by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the two-time coach of Black Stars has disclosed the decision was rather from former president John Mahama.

He made the disclosure in his book, “Leaders Don’t Have To Yell”.

“Kwasi 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,” he disclosed.

But according to Appiah, the president sacked him in order to make him a scapegoat because of the disgrace that befell the nation after the country airlifted cash to pay the players in Brazil.

“When decisions about the national team staff became that heavily-politicized, it was very clear to me that the political machine was flexing its muscles to make me a scapegoat,” he said.

“The Minister for Youth and Sports who should bear the ultimate responsibility for the money issue that was at the heart of the Brazil problem was reassigned to another job in the President’s office but I was rather fired,” he lamented.

Kwesi Appiah also revealed that he was advised by his lawyer to pursue the matter in court, however he was not interested in having a legal battle with the country.

“Considering the order for my firing was to have come from the president, that made it a fight I was not interested in.

“My lawyer and secondary school classmate Godfred Graham whom I conferred with regarding the termination of my appointment, was convinced that I had a strong case for further legal action. Even though I agreed with Graham’s position, I chose to close that chapter in order to move,” he said.

Written by GhanaSlayers

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