James Kwesi Appiah

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James Kwesi Appiah
Personal information
Full name James Kwesi Appiah
Date of birth (1960-06-30) 30 June 1960 (age 58)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Ghana (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1993 Asante Kotoko
National team
1987–1992 Ghana
Teams managed
2011 Ghana U23
2012–2014 Ghana
2014–2017 Al Khartoum
2017– Ghana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Kwesi Appiah (born 30 June 1960),[1] also known as Akwasi Appiah,[2] is a Ghanaian football coach and former player. He became manager of Ghana in 2017.


Kwesi Appiah attended Opoku Ware School in Kumasi.[citation needed]


Playing career[edit]

Appiah, a left back, played club football with Asante Kotoko,[2] playing for them between 1983 and 1993.[3]

Appiah played for the Ghanaian national team between 1987 and 1992,[3] appearing in two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches;[4] he also captained the team.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

He has received technical training from English clubs Manchester City,[5] and Liverpool.[6]

James Kwesi Appiah was Ghana's assistant coach between 2007 and 2012.[7]

Appiah was coach of Ghana U23 as they won the 2011 All-Africa Games.[8]

He was appointed as the Head coach of the Ghanaian national team in April 2012,[9] describing himself as "the underdog" in the process.[10] His Ghana team qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,[11] making him the first black African coach to take the country to the World Cup.[12][13] He was given a new two-year contract in May 2014.[14] After the country exited the World Cup in the group stages, Appiah defended his team.[15]

He left his position as Ghana manager by mutual consent in September 2014.[16]

He became manager of Sudanese club Al Khartoum in December 2014.[17]

In April 2017 he was re-appointed as the coach of the Ghana national team, replacing former Chelsea manager Avram Grant.[18]


  1. ^ "Profile". L'Equipe. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Patrick Akoto (10 April 2012). "Ghana FA reaches agreement with Kwesi Appiah, set to be unveiled on April 17". Ghana Soccernet.
  3. ^ a b "James Kwesi Appiah". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  4. ^ James Kwesi AppiahFIFA competition record
  5. ^ "Ghana coach Appiah back to share skills with Man City". BBC Sport. 24 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Ghana coach to get Liverpool tips". BBC Sport. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.modernghana.com/sports/496627/2/ten-things-about-ghana-coach-kwesi-appiah-you-do-n.html.
  8. ^ "Ghana beat South Africa for Gold". Kickoff.com. 18 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Ghana appoint James Kwesi Appiah as new head coach". BBC Sport. 10 April 2012.
  10. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (18 April 2012). "New Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah keen to silence doubters". BBC Sport.
  11. ^ "World Cup 2014: Ghana make it through to Brazil". BBC Sport. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Africa needs more local coaches, says Caf coach". BBC Sport. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  13. ^ "World Cup 2014: Appiah prepares to name Ghana squad". BBC Sport. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  14. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (23 May 2014). "Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah given new contract". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  15. ^ "World Cup 2014: Appiah happy with Ghana performances". BBC Sport. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Kwesi Appiah leaves his post as Ghana coach by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah takes over at SC Khartoum". BBC Sport. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Ghana re-appoint Kwesi Appiah as coach". BBC Sport. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.