According to a report from Nhyira FM, James Kwesi Appiah, the former Ghanaian international and ex-Black Stars coach, held a meeting with Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the prestigious Manhyia Palace on July 4. While the exact purpose of the meeting remains unconfirmed, speculations suggest that Appiah might be appointed as the long-term coach of Asante Kotoko.
This development follows the dissolution of the entire management and board of Asante Kotoko by the club’s patron on June 3, after the expiration of their contracts. The outgoing board, led by Dr. Kwame Kyei and CEO Nana Yaw Amponsah, has been summoned to the Manhyia Palace on July 5 to provide an account of their tenure.
With Otumfuo’s involvement, it is expected that a new board for Asante Kotoko will be announced from the esteemed Manhyia Palace before the start of the upcoming 2023/24 season.
Kwesi Appiah’s association with Asante Kotoko goes back to his early coaching days when he served as an assistant coach from 1992 to 1995 before being promoted to the role of head coach from 1995 to 1996. Furthermore, he gained experience as Ghana’s assistant coach from 2007 to 2012 under Claude le Roy and Milovan Rajevac.
In his recent coaching ventures, Appiah worked with Kenpong Football Academy from 2021 to 2023, managed Sudanese side Al Khartoum, and embarked on his third stint as coach of the Black Stars from 2017 to 2020.