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18.11.2019 Football News

I Am Not Worried Over Criticisms - Kwesi Appiah

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
I Am Not Worried Over Criticisms - Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach, Kwasi Appiah has reiterated that he is not perturbed over the consistent criticisms adding that he is aware of the nature of his job.

According to the former Al Khartoum manager, 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.

“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”, the 59-year-old told the media after Ghana's 2:0 win over South Africa in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Kwesi Appiah however, 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.

"Allowing 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.

He also shared 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 sometimes it’s not about… you do the best, the most important thing is you should go and sit back and tell yourself I'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.