James Kwesi Appiah Soccer Defender
James Kwesi Appiah, also known as Akwasi Appiah, is a Ghanaian football coach and former player, who is currently manager of the Ghanaian national team. Appiah, a left back, played club football with Asante Kotoko, playing for them between 1983 and 1993. Appiah played for the Ghanaian national team between 1987 and 1992, appearing in two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches; he also captained the team. Appiah was coach of Ghana U23 as they won the 2011 All-Africa Games. He was appointed manager of the Ghanaian national team in April 2012, describing himself as "the underdog" in the process.
Ghana national football team Football
The Ghana national football team, popularly known as the Black Stars, is the national association football team of Ghana and is controlled by the Ghana Football Association. Prior to 1957, the country played as the Gold Coast. Although the team did not qualify for the senior FIFA World Cup until 2006, they had qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition. The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runners up 4 times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, and 2010). After going through 2005 unbeaten, Ghana won the FIFA most improved team of the year award and they reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup led by Serbian football coach, Ratomir Dujković. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became the third African team in history to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The Ghana Amateur Football Association was founded in 1957, soon after the country's independence, and was affiliated to Confederation of African Football and FIFA the following year. Englishman George Ainsley was appointed coach of the national team.
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