Confirmed: Desperate Sudan move for coach Kwasi Appiah
The Sudan FA boss has already spoken to the coach twice in two days.
Sudan have moved to hire Ghana’s James Kwasi Appiah as their new national team head coach, Footy-Ghana.com can confirm.
The ex-international once snubbed the Falcons of Jediane job and now looks certain to take it up.
Footy-Ghana.com sources indicate that the president of the Sudan Football Association personally reached out to the immediate-past Black Stars gaffer on Sunday and followed up with another phone call Monday morning.
Should talks continue at their current pace, Appiah could be confirmed by the end of the week as the new man for the position which has been vacant since Croat Zdravko Logarušić was axed at the end of November 2019.
Appiah became available after the new Ghana FA leadership passed on the opportunity to renew his contract which expired on December 31, 2019.
Coach Kwasi Appiah is quite familiar with Sudanese football, having coached capital-based side Al-Khartoum SC between December 2014 and April 2017.
It was from there that he made his second coming as Ghana head coach in May 2017. In his first stint, Appiah one of Ghana’s longest-serving national team coaches occupied the Black Stars assistant job between 2007 and 2012 and was later appointed as head coach until Ghana’s disastrous 2014 Fifa World Cup outing in Brazil.
Why Appiah snubbed Sudan
During his stint in the country as coach of Al-Khartoum, a rare opportunity presented itself for Kwasi Appiah to even hold a dual role as Sudan national team boss and maintain his club job but he rejected the offer.
In an October 2016 interview with Kessben FM, Appiah claimed he preferred to concentrate on his target of breaking the duopoly enjoyed by local giants Al Hilal and Al Merreikh on the domestic scene.
“It is true that Sudan would have liked to have had me as a coach. The Sudan FA approached me to manage their national team but I declined the offer.
“They wanted me to coach Al Khartoum as well as the national team if I couldn’t leave the club at this time, but I explained that I couldn’t. I thought about it for some time but there is so much to do at Al Khartoum that it is incompatible,” Appiah told the Kumasi-based radio station.