Ghana sports minister Elvis Ankrah’s evasion of the issue of whether a foreign technical adviser is being planned for national team coach Kwesi Appiah, is further indication that plenty is still left to be said about the matter with the World Cup closing in.
Ankrah claimed not to have been briefed, and could not give a definitive position on an issue that has dominated the sports news in his country for some time. The country’s FA officials have been equally coy about the issue, refusing to deny it, while contending that it was Appiah’s decision to make whether he needs help or not.
The minister claimed in a BBC Sport interview that he had only “heard it and also read it in the papers – so I cannot confirm or deny it.”
He added: “I need to be properly briefed before I can make any comment on that.”
Nonetheless Amkrah assured that Appiah had the support of the government and promised he would be given whatever resources he needs to succeed in Brazil.
“We have a Ghanaian coach – an African coach – in Kwesi Appiah and we have confidence in him” he said.
“We have stated that we are ready to give him all necessary support, the best in the world, for him to be able to deliver. So in principle that is our position, that we will offer him all he needs technically, tactically and financially, to ensure he delivers.”
By: Gary Al-Smith/citifmonline.com/Ghana