Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has laughed off reports he was manhandled in traffic in Accra by an exasperated Black Stars fan.
The mild-mannered trainer has been at the receiving end of vile attacks in traditional and social media after the team’s exit against Tunisia on penalties at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
The hashtag #dropthatcoach trended for hours after their exit to Tunisia on penalties.
‘It’s never true I was attacked by anybody. People are cooking stories but it’s not true,” Appiah told Ghanasoccernet.com
Appiah returned for a second spell in charge of the West African nation, having led the team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
His previous stint as Black Stars coach came to an end after Ghana failed to advance from the group stages at Brazil 2014.
Appiah was tasked to lead Ghana to end their 37-year title drought at the AFCON in Egypt but failed as the four-time Africa champions were knocked out by the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia at the Round of 16 stage.
Ghana Coach Kwesi Appiah attacked in traffic – Ghanacrusader.com
Coach Kwesi Appiah escaped physical assault from an angry Ghanaian young man in the capital Accra today while driving in traffic.
Thanks to his fully rolled and locked glass windows, Kwesi Appiah could only suffer verbal abuse at the hands of the young man, whose identity is yet to be established.
Eye witnesses told Ghanacrusader.com that the incident, which occurred at the newly opened under-bridge road that connects Spintex to East Legon was very embarrassing.
The coach was in his ash-coloured 2015 Toyota four wheel SUV registered, heading towards East Legon when the young man spotted him.
“Are you a coach? You are very stupid. The whole Ghana, you are the most useless. We don’t want you as coach,” the young man vented.
Speaking in his native Fante language, the young man further harassed Kwesi Appiah as the traffic slowly moved, saying, “Who told you that you are a coach? You are lazy, no intelligence. You don’t know anything about football and coaching.”
Other drivers at the scene tried restraining the young man to no avail and Kwesi Appiah was perhaps lucky that the traffic eventually eased for him to drive away.
He pretended to be receiving a telephone call as the verbal assault and abuse flowed from the young Ghanaian.
Kwesi Appiah’s tactical approach to games has become a major talking point among Ghanaians since the exit of the Black Stars from the ongoing AFCON in Egypt at the round of 16.
After reaching home, the security of Kwesi Appiah has become a matter of concern as a few days ago, it was alleged that another angry Ghanaian had attempted entering his home to attack him.
Many enthusiastic young men have reported of Kwesi Appiah and the Black Stars spoiling their bet slips after recording bad results in the AFCON.
Though it has been reported that Kwesi Appiah has a contract which will expire in December this year, there is real anger among Ghanaians to see him continue as coach of the national team.