James Kwasi Appiah, a former coach for Ghana, starts a new chapter in his professional life by returning to Sudan to lead the national team along with his Ghanaian coaching staff.
Ignatius Osei-Fosu, a surprise selection by Appiah as an assistant coach, revealed to the Graphic Sports yesterday that he would be joining the celebrated Appiah’s backroom staff alongside former Black Stars goalkeeper, Fatawu Dauda, as assistant coaches of the Sudan national team. The trio is anticipated in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on September 9.
Prior to their departure yesterday, the young coach expressed his excitement for the novel and difficult position and his willingness to help the 63-year-old Appiah succeed.
The 37-year-old thanked Coach Appiah for having faith in him by choosing him to be a member of his technical team because this is the first time he will be playing a supporting role for a national team.
Dauda, who most recently served as the Black Satellites’ goalkeepers’ trainer, also held a coaching job at the prestigious Right to Dream Academy, giving him the necessary expertise for his new position in the nation of north Africa.
During the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 FIFA World Cup, while Coach Appiah oversaw the national side, he made 26 appearances for the Black Stars and was the team’s first-choice custodian.
Coach Osei-Fosu has also proven himself, having begun his career as a scout for Mas-Ud Didi Dramani while serving as Asante Kotoko’s head coach.
After that, he moved on to serve as Liberty Professionals’ assistant coach for the 2016–17 league season before taking over as Techiman Eleven Wonders’ head coach in 2019. He began working at Medeama SC in 2021 after serving as a coach for King Faisal FC and Dreams FC, respectively.
Appiah is now the Technical Director of Kotoko and a member of the club’s Interim Management Committee. He was recently chosen as a member of the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association. After enjoying success with Sudanese club Al Khartoum from 2014 to 2017, he returns to the region.
Appiah first oversaw the Ghana national team from 2012 to 2014, and he then took over again in 2017 until the end of his contract in 2020.