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GFA begins interviews for next Black Stars coach today

Nyantakyi Coach Nyantakyi and his vice will chair the interview panel

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 Source:

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will today start interviewing the five coaches shortlisted for the vacant position as the search for a new Black Stars coach reaches a crucial stage.

The six-member panel will start the interviews on Friday morning as they are expected to meet five coaches over the next three days.

The committee headed by Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi and assisted by his vice George Afriyie will lead the interviews.

The shortlisted coaches, according to FA sources, have been contacted and interview time and dates have been arranged for them.

The search committee will complete its work by the end of this month.

These five men reportedly met the criteria set out by the FA’s six-member search committee led by GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Although the GFA has remained tight-lipped over the identity of applicants for the job and the shortlisted candidates, grapevine sources have told the Graphic Sports that Frenchman Willy Sagnol, former Black Stars captain and coach, James Kwasi Appiah and Belgian Hugo Broos are at the forefront of the five-man shortlist that also includes Briton Harry Redknapp and former Brazil and Real Madrid star, Roberto Carlos.

Of the five, Belgian Broos looks a favourite as his credentials were enhanced last month after leading a relatively inexperienced Cameroun team to win their fifth continental title at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Appiah’s inclusion on the shortlist is considered by many to have been strengthened by the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ preference for a local coach, and it is for the former national coach who led Ghana to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, to convince the panel that he deserves a second chance at the job he walked away from by mutual consent in late 2014.

Sagnol, a former France international and one-time coach of French side Bordeaux, also handled his country’s under-20 side in the past.

The GFA has refused to comment on the list, even though its vice president and a member of the search team, George Afriyie, has given an assurance that “a new coach will be appointed by April.”

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