President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi has stated that Kwesi Appiah was hired for the Black Stars job purely on merit.
Appiah became the first Ghanaian coach to qualify Ghana for a World Cup in 2014,but was soon fired midway through the Afcon 2015 qualifiers.
Prior to his re-appointment,Appiah had been in charge of Sudanese side Al Khartoum,leading them to a fifth placed finish in his second season en route to picking up the coach of the year award.
Kwesi Nyantakyi dismissed claims that the GFA succumbed to pressure to hire a local coach.
“Kwesi Appiah was chosen because he scored the highest marks among all the interviewees who took part in the process.
“He got the highest mark and so ended up with the highest average which ranked him first among the three interviewed.
“I can confirm to you that he was chosen on merit and not because he was a Ghanaian.
“Out of the ninety five people who applied we thought he was the best.
Appiah is expected to begin work on May 1,after the details of his contract have been thrashed out with the FA.
He has also been handed full control of the local Black Stars.
By: Benjamin Nketsia/citifmonline.com/Ghana