Ex-Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah drags GFA to court over unpaid wages

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Former Ghana coach, Kwasi Appiah, has threatened to drag the Ghana Football Association to court in a bid to recover $180,000 (R3.3 million) owed to him in unpaid wages and bonuses.

Appiah parted ways with the Black Stars after Ghana’s football motherbody decided to dissolve all technical teams for their national sides.

However, it has since emerged in a letter of demand sent to the association this week that Appiah’s salaries for the months between August to December were unpaid.

Appiah, who was on a $35,000 (R645,000) monthly salary, is demanding his unpaid wages for five months and a winning bonus of $10,000 (R184,000).

In the letter written by Appiah’s lawyers, the association has been given seven days to make payment or meet in court.

The lawyers said their client was “ready to hand over all properties belonging to the Black Stars to the Ghana FA”.

But, the letter did not specify what the former Black Stars gaffer was holding onto.

Appiah was head coach of the senior national team for two-and-half years before leaving the post on December 31, 2019 after the expiration of his contract.

The former Asante Kotoko leftback replaced Avram Grant who quit after the team was eliminated from the semi-final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

The 59-year-old then led Ghana through 20 games. He won nine of the fixtures, lost six and drew the remaining five.

Despite the decent record, his team’s performance were unconvincing especially when they faced strong sides.

Under his tutelage, Ghana had a disappointing 2019 Afcon where they barely made it out of their group before losing to Tunisia 5-6 on penalties.

Appiah, however, ended his tenure on a winning streak after beating South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

But that was not enough to keep him in the hot seat.
By Mthokozisi Dube

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