–Big Boss wants GFA to consider him for his ‘dream job’
Former Super Eagles boss,Stephen Keshi has been dealt a massive blow in his pursuit to become coach of Ghana after the Ghana Football Association (GFA) declared it will not consider new applicants.
Keshi has expressed interest in becoming the substantive replacement of Kwesi Appiah a few weeks after leaving his post with the Super Eagles.
Keshi’s interest however appears to have come too late in the day as the Ghana FA had already shortlisted and conducted interviews for the vacancy.
The GFA’s interview panel will be submitting its report this week for further deliberations – leading to the appointment of one of the interviewed applicants.
A choice is expected to be made amongst the interviewed trio; Michel Pont, Juan Ignacio Jiminenz and Avram Grant soon after the report is submitted before the GFA’s Executive Committee this week.
Keshi has however declared his interest regardless of how far the process has traveled and the fact that he didn’t apply for the job.
But member of the interview panel and Vice President of the Ghana FA Fred Crentsil says the ex Mali coach’s interest has come too late and will not be considered.
“The door is shut because the time frame for interested coaches to apply has already expired,” Crentsil told MTNFootball.com.
“We are at the concluding stages of the process and we will be presenting our report this week.
“So I don’t see how he [Stephen Keshi] can be considered for the job because he didn’t apply when the opportunity was presented.”
Keshi had in an interview with Happy FM,Accra confirmed his interest in his ‘dream job’.
The 52-year-old was sacked as coach of the Super Eagles earlier this month following a chain of poor results – leaving Nigeria with a tall mountain to climb in their pursuit of qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Keshi did not apply for the Black Stars job which has been made vacant since the dismissal of Kwesi Appiah in September.
The ex Nigeria international was,prior to the bombshell from the GFA however hoping to gatecrash into the Ghana job.
Keshi remains adamant his dream is to coach the Black Stars and wants to be considered by the GFA regardless of how far the process has traveled.
“Yes, I would like to coach the Black Stars. It will be a dream come true,” he confirmed to Happy FM.
“Ghana is one of the biggest teams in Africa and I will be very happy to have the chance to coach Ghana.
“Ghana is like home and I have a lot of respect for Ghanaian players.
“Ghana is different from any other African country and I am ready to come and coach the Black Stars.”
Keshi could be a good bargain for the Ghana FA as he possesses the qualities required to coach the Black Stars.
The ex Mali coach who led Nigeria to surprisingly clinch the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations staged in South African at a point where confidence in the Super Eagles team hit an all-time low also told the radio station how he would tame Ghana’s big name players if he gets the job.
“The players are not difficult to manage,” he told Happy FM.
“They are just like women. You only need to sit them down and tell them what you expect from them and everything will be well.
“The problem is only when officials are not keeping to their promises and the players decide to voice out their frustrations – then we think they are stubborn.
“They are not stubborn, they just want to voice out their opinions.
“I am tough, I am a disciplinarian but we understand ourselves. They know the line not to cross.
“We have to spell everything out. If you like it, you join us, if you don’t, you don’t join us.
“The Black Stars is not a small team but there are always limits with me.
“But it is not all the time that you have to be tough on your players.”