Dr Kofi Amoah has no respect - Kwesi Appiah jabs ex-Normalization Committee chief

Published on: 23 January 2023

Former Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, has taken a swipe at Dr Kofi Amoah, president of the now-defunct Normalisation Committee, accusing him of disrespect.

Appiah, speaking in an interview said Dr Amoah tried pushing him to have Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng in his team for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

“He [Dr Kofi Amoah] suggested that [I bring back Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng to the Black Stars]," he told Joy News.

It will be recalled that Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng were sacked from the Black Stars during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for assault.

However, they both apologized to the GFA, Ghanaians and the coach, but have since been left out of the team.

But, Dr Amoah wanted them back for the AFCON in Egypt.

“He thought Sulley [Muntari] and Kevin [Prince Boateng] should be part of the team, but you have to ask yourself whether these players you are talking about, are they playing actively, and if they are, are they in top form to compete at that level?

“I think they were very good players, especially Sulley, anytime he’s in the team, he gives out 100%, but you don’t tell me to go and bring them as if I don’t know what I am doing; if you are better than the coach, you should have been the coach and be coaching the team.”

After the 2013 AFCON semi-finalists rejected his suggestion, it appears insisted on having them in the team, a move he felt was disrespectful to him.

“The moment he tried to stress that point more, it means you are trying to tell me I don’t know my job, and his posture showed he has no respect,” he noted.

Kwasi Appiah’s contract ended in December 2019 and was not renewed by the current GFA leadership headed by Kurt Okraku.

He is seeking a third stint with the national team after submitting an application for the vacant coaching role after the exit of Otto Addo who led the team to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.