Afiyie Acquah Black Stars players disrespect for Kwesi Appiah is untrue

Afriyie Acquah has rubbished reports making rounds that the playing body of the Black Stars have no respect for Kwesi Appiah

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The Torino midfielder has debunked claims that players of the Black Stars looked down on Kwesi Appiah in his first tenure as coach of the team.

The 56-year-old former Asante Kotoko skipper was appointed coach of the Black Stars in 2012, but sacked after Ghana's poor outing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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Kwesi Appiah was criticised of losing his dressing room among many other factors as his weaknesses and after the Ghana Football Association finally handed him a second chance with the Black Stars as coach a lot of people still have doubts about how he is going to manage the egos in his team.

Afriyie Acquah has however, rubbished the claims that the playing body of the  Black Stars disrespected Kwesi Appiah during his first spell with the senior national male football team of Ghana.

"It's absolute falsehood. There is no truth in those claims. Apart from being a coach, he is like a father to us. He can give birth to us," he told the Tarkwa-based station.

"I don't know why some people hold the assertion we (foreign-based players), don't respect local or black coaches.

"The coach decides which player to select at a particular time. And so those claims are baseless.

"We follow instruction to the hilt and so it's sometimes amazing when you hear such stories. They are just figment of the imagination of some people.

"When coach Kwesi Appiah was in charge, we gave him all the respect and the support. Please this is not what the team needs at the moment.

He added: People just make these claims up. Those who are close to the team are aware these stories are cooked-up.

"Interestingly, you are unable to pin-point which people makes these false claims. It should be disregarded."

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Appiah's first assignment will be in June when he plays Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Ghana after the Ethiopia test will play two internatinal friendlies against Mexico and USA on the 28 June and 01 July respectively.

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