Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah backs CAF changes

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah backs CAF changes
Kwesi Appiah

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 15:00

Ghana national team coach Kwesi Appiah says the changes to the CAF Africa Cup of Nations will enable teams to have strong squads for the tournament.

The Black Stars manager believes days where players fake injuries and avoid playing at the tournament are now over.

Appiah was speaking in reaction to the changes made by the continental football governing body last week during a football symposium in Morocco.

It was decided that the AFCON tournament will now be staged in June/July rather than in January/February as it was the case in the past.

CAF announced the changes last week in Rabat and the changes will take effect from June 2019 as Cameroon will host the tournament.

"It is a good decision because many Clubs in Europe do not like African players because they lose them during the Competition in January,” said Appiah to GnanaSoccernet.

"I don't think any player will fake an injury to remain with their clubs because most leagues will be over before June."

Meanwhile, CAF has also increased the number of teams to participate in the tourney from 16 to 24, but the changes have received mixed reactions from football stakeholders such as coaches among others.

It is reported that the Black Stars mentor was in the USA monitoring the performance of Ghanaian internationals in the Major League Soccer.




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