According to sources at Nhyira FM, a radio station in Kumasi, James Kwesi Appiah, the former Ghanaian international and Black Stars coach, recently had a meeting with Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace on Tuesday, July 4.
While the specific purpose of the meeting has not been officially disclosed, speculations are rife that Appiah might be appointed as the next head coach of Asante Kotoko, signing a long-term contract with the club.
Asante Kotoko’s management and board were dissolved by the club’s patron on Monday, June 3, following the expiration of their contracts. The board, led by Dr. Kwame Kyei and CEO Nana Yaw Amponsah, has been summoned to the Manhyia Palace on Wednesday, July 5, to provide an account of their tenure.
With the recent actions by Otumfuo, it is expected that a new board for Asante Kotoko will be announced by the Manhyia Palace prior to the start of the 2023/24 season.
Kwesi Appiah previously served as an assistant coach at Kotoko from 1992 to 1995 before taking over as the head coach from 1995 to 1996.
In addition to his time at Kotoko, Appiah also worked as an assistant coach for the Ghana national team from 2007 to 2012, serving under Claude le Roy and Milovan Rajevac.
His most recent coaching roles include managing Kenpong Football Academy from 2021 to 2023, leading Sudanese side Al Khartoum, and serving as the head coach of the Black Stars for his third tenure between 2017 and 2020.