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Tue, Aug

Kwasi Appiah arrives to a rousing welcome ahead of official unveiling as Black Stars coach

Incoming Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah is confident that his second stint at the helm of the senior national team will be a success if he is supported by all Ghanaians.

Appiah will officially take up the post on May 1 after he puts pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in the coming days after already agreeing to personal terms.

However, he insists that although he will give off his best when he assumes his post, only the backing of every Ghanaian will aid him to make the Black Stars great again.

"I will do the best that I can but I can never do it without your help," the soft-spoken former Al Khartoum coach stated yesterday after he was led out of the VIP of the Kotoko International Airport shortly after 11.30am.

"It is always great to be back home, this is my motherland and every Ghanaian would love to be at home and make sure he does what he can to help his nation". 

"I will need the support and prayers of every Ghanaian to make our Black Stars proud and big again," said Appiah whose first stint as Black Stars coach was truncated after Ghana's disastrous campaign at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

About 100 persons, comprised of the press, GFA officials and members of the various national supporters unions turned out to welcome Appiah back into the country.

Appiah said he was overwhelmed by the crowd who were armed with drums and also expressed appreciation for the hearty welcome. 

He said, "I am actually overwhelmed, I never expected so many people to be here... I really, really appreciate everyone coming here, I mean you spent your time and money and everything to come and welcome me, I really appreciate that. 

"I always believe the voice of the people is always the voice of God. I will take this opportunity to thank the President of the nation, the FA and every Ghanaian, up to the last baby born today, for giving me the second chance to coach the national team". 

He added that he was always confident of returning to the post and was awaiting an opportunity to return.

"I always had this believe that you can never say never, especially when it comes to coaching you always have to make your mind open and when the opportunity comes you take it".