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01.02.2013 Sports News

Appiah on 'Big Brother' role and media commitments

By Ghana FA
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Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah says he is enjoying the family atmosphere in the Ghana camp which helps in the transfer of football ideas.

Appiah last laced his boots for the national team some 21 years ago when all of his present squad at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations were in their formative years.

But the former Ghana captain, who prefers working on the quiet, now appears to be an older Statesman within group considering the ages of his players.

Though he admits to his quiet nature, Appiah is one who apart from his usual smile gets involved with the jokes and banter within the group.

“Since I invited them, I have been working so closely with them. They see me as their big brother, we joke, and we talk,” Appiah said.

But he is quick to draw the line as he points out about the level of responsibility every member carries.

“The only difference is when we go on the pitch, there is no joking there,” the Ghana coach said.

“But once we are off the pitch, we share ideas and joke and move around as a family of senior brothers and juniors.”

For Appiah, his job now means lots of engagements with the media. A situation he has warmly taken to as he juggles the demands.

“Sometimes it's quite stressful. But at the end of the day, our job relates to the media so there's no way you can run away from it.

“The most important thing is that people know, especially the media know not to try and frustrate you. Sometimes it can get to you especially when you are going into a tough game, like a tough one on Saturday [against Cape Verde in the quarter-final],"

“You also have to try and manage it,” he said.

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