Ghana President Nana Akufo Addo is holding sit-down talks with under-fire Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah following the country’s disastrous showing at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.
Appiah arrived at the Flagstaff Staff House, seat of government, alone on Tuesday afternoon and has been holding a closed-door meeting with the Ghanaian leader.
Details remain sketchy but GHANAsoccernet.com sources say the discussion will centre on the coach’s future long-term with the national team future following the country’s calamitous campaign in Egypt.
With four months left on his contract with the Black Stars, Appiah has been reluctant to leave the post insisting he wants to stay until the end of the deal in December.
That is because he will get a massive payoff if he is sacked before his contract expires.
However in the face of intense public condemnation the Sports Ministry and the toothless Ghana FA have been unable to take a firm decision with the 2021 AFCON qualifiers set to start in two months time.
Sports ministry officials and politically-appointed FA are keen on sacking Appiah on amicable terms but are afraid of the political reaction from above as Appiah has a close relationship with the President Akufo Addo.
The former international defender’s future is in the balance with many in the ruling party NPP who had backed him in the past, calling for his sacking.
Despite retaining some support of some key members of the party, the intense negative commentary over the role of the coach in the country’s outing in Egypt looks to have forced the country’s President to call him.
If President Akufo Addo agrees with the Ministry and the GFA that the coach should be allowed to go, Appiah could be told to resign honourably or face the disgrace of being sacked humiliatingly.
If he retain the President’s trust to continue in the job, he would be given some stern warnings over some of the issues that resulted in the Black Stars worst outing at the AFCON since 2006.