We wish "diligent" Kwesi Appiah well in future – GFA
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has confirmed the dismissal of Black Stars Head Coach, Kwesi Appiah.
The FA said both parties had agreed to “mutually part ways”.
The two parties met on Friday morning to reach the agreement on the departure of Appiah.
According to a statement issued by the FA after the meeting, lawyers of the two parties will meet next week to decide on the severance package for Appiah based on the contract of his appointment.
The GFA thanked Appiah for his “diligent service to the country as the coach of the Black Stars for the past two years”.
“We wish him every success for the future,” the FA said.
Appiah was relieved of his post on Thursday.
No reason was given by the FA for his dismissal, but the decision follows a loss of confidence in Appiah’s ability by players of the Black Stars and officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Players like Kevin-Prince Boateng and Adam Kwarasey have been vocal in their criticism of Appiah’s technical decisions, with the 27-year-old Schalke midfielder describing him as a good man, but a bad coach.
After Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw by Uganda in their first match of the AFCON qualifiers, the GFA resolved to sack Appiah if he went on to lose the following match against Togo in Lome.
Though Appiah managed to come away with a hard-fought 3-2 victory, the FA deemed his performance to be unsatisfactory and decided to get rid of him anyway.
Appiah’s technical team has also been disbanded. But assistant coach Maxwell Konadu will remain in his job.
Appiah will be replaced by his former boss, Milovan Rajevac, who has arrived in the country and has been interviewed by the FA.
Rajevac, who returns to the team four years after leaving the job upon expiration of his contract, has already told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that he cannot wait to get into the job.
“I cannot wait to join the family again. I am very excited to be back here; my second home. It is always relaxing and I love it here,” he said earlier in the week.