I don’t fear criticisms—Appiah

Author: Peter Sarbah
Coach Kwasi Appiah
Coach Kwasi Appiah

Coach of Ghana’s senior football team, the Black Stars, James Kwasi Appiah says he is aware of the nature of profession he finds himself in and he was never afraid of the criticisms that come with it.

He said any coach who fears to be criticised shouldn’t be in that profession given that every football fan has his or her own opinion about issues and thus was not likely to agree with the coach over his decision.

Speaking at the post-match interview after guiding the Stars to a 2-0 win against South Africa in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium,  Coach Kwasi Appiah said it was up to him to rather take the constructive ones and see how he could use them to better his job.

“If you are a coach and afraid of criticisms I personally don’t think you should get into that job. People criticize and it helps you to take the good messages that they are putting across but the bottom line is if what they are preaching would bring you down then you should not get into this job”, he said.

The 59-year-old who is having a second stint at the job after quitting in 2015,  stressed that it was important to remain focus as a coach and not allow the criticisms be a  distraction because the job was very perilous and one could be asked to go at any time.

“This is a job that deals with people with different mindsets, some would love you, some would strongly criticise you, but at the end of the day, as a coach you are assigned to undertake a job and you will have to stay focused to  the best that you can.

"Alowing yourself to be distracted from what you are expected to do could come at a cost tomorrow, you could be asked to leave the job and there is very little you can do other than picking your bag and leaving. This is the nature of our job,” he said.

Coach Appiah disclosed that when he left as Black Stars coach during his first stint with the national team, he was paid 100 per cent more than how much he was earning as a national team coach.

“Where I used to coach, Sudan, before I left here  I was getting $20,000, I went there even a club side and I was taking $40,000 so sometime it’s not about… you do the best, the most important thing is you should go and seat back and tell yourself l’ve done the best that I can.

“If you have to go you have to pick your bag and go but once people appreciate what you are doing at the end of the day you won’t regret it.