Ghana is in the hunt for a new coach after the country’s soccer association and Kwesi Appiah parted ways by mutual consent.
Appiah’s job was in jeopardy after the West African country’s first-round exit at this year’s World Cup in Brazil. The Ghanaians drew with Germany but lost to the United States and Portugal.
Ghana bounced back from a draw at home to Uganda to beat Togo 3-2 last week in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. However, the victory was not enough to save Appiah’s job.
He was appointed coach in April, 2012.
Former coach, Milovan Rajevac, is being widely tipped to return to the post he held between 2008 and 2010. While at the helm, Rajevac led Ghana to the runners-up spot at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the quarter-finals of the World Cup a few months later.
Meanwhile, Ntiero Effiom, who led Nigeria to its fifth straight African Women’s championship crown eight years ago, died in hospital last week after suffering a stroke.
He coached the Under-19 team at the inaugural youth world cup in Canada 14 years ago and was promoted to lead the senior side two years later.
“He was a great inspiration and a good man who believed in me,” said two-time Africa Soccer Player of the Year Cynthia Uwak. “I am still in shock. I can’t put words together, but I pray he finds rest in the bosom of the Lord. He was one of the top coaches in Nigeria who worked passionately in women’s soccer.”
In other soccer news, Cameroon has rebounded from a disastrous World Cup campaign to register impressive wins in its first two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Cameroon shut out the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 and overwhelmed Ivory Coast 4-1 in a five-day span to move to the top of its group that also includes Sierra Leone, which suffered a 2-0 loss to the Democratic Republic of Congo last week.
Vincent Aboubakar and Clinton Njie netted twice for Cameroon.
The Republic of Congo, which shocked Nigeria 3-2 two weeks ago, shut out Sudan 2-0 to take the lead in its group. Congo is in the group stages after Rwanda was disqualified for fielding an ineligible player against them in the playoffs.
South Africa and Nigeria played to a goalless draw, Algeria – Africa’s top-ranked team – defeated Mali 1-0, 2013 Africa Cup of Nations runner-up Burkina Faso scored a convincing 3-0 win over hosts Angola, Gabon and Lesotho played to a one-all draw, Malawi edged Ethiopia 3-2, Senegal defeated Botswana 2-0, Tunisia beat Egypt 1-0, Cape Verde recorded a 2-1 victory over Zambia and Mozambique and Niger played to a 1-1 draw.
The next round of matches will be played on October 10.