Former President Kufuor helped me get my first Black Stars coaching job – Kwesi Appiah

first_imgCoaching a national team is as important as the players representing the country at any tournament or friendly game.In recent times, the Black Stars of Ghana have had many head coaches to guide them through qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as the tournaments themselves once they qualify.In 2007, a year after the AFCON 2006 in Egypt, the role of the assistant coach for the Black Stars was vacant, a role James Kwesi Appiah would eventually fill with the help of the president at the time.Kwesi Appiah disclosed to Godfred Akoto Boafo on Citi TV’s Face To Face that he had the opportunity to be Ghana’s assistant coach as a result of the intervention of the former president of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor.“I was in the United Kingdom when I heard the national team wanted a new assistant coach. At that time, Claude Le Roy and Sellas Tetteh were in charge of the team and so after the African Cup of Nation, there was the chance to apply.So I applied for the job. But I knew there is no one in this world who will say he got any job without going through anybody.On the day when I spoke to Kufuor, he said, you send your CV to them and if they are interested in you, then you come back to me.As such, I sent my application, then they called me for an interview. Afterward, I called him and told him about the turn out of the interview. I added that by the look of things, the panel told me I had a better CV so at that point he has to do something to help me.So Kufuor told me that the position of the assistant coach is to learn so it will not be a problem.”last_img read more

Upamecano ‘dreaming’ of Prem transfer and won’t sign new RB Leipzig deal

first_imgDAYOT UPAMECANO is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports.The defender has been heavily linked with a summer move away from RB Leipzig amid interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.1 Dayot Upamecano is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports in GermanyCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to German newspaper Bild, the 21-year-old views the English top-flight as his “dream destination”.The France Under-21 star has just 18 months left to run on his contract with the Bundesliga side.And the source states that he has rejected the club’s attempts to tie him down with a new deal.He has played for the German side since he moved from Red Bull Salzburg for £9million in 2017.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the GunnersAnd he will be available for £50million when his release clause activates in the summer.Arsenal are long-term admirers of the 21-year-old, but were priced out of a move for him in the January transfer window.And reports from Germany claimed the club had a £50million bid rejected for him in the summer.The Gunners are expected to reignite their interest in him this summer, but face competition from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs. LATEST ARSENAL NEWSLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialTottenham boss Jose Mourinho ran the rule over Upamecano during Leipzig’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich over the weekend.Spurs could find themselves needing defensive reinforcements as Jan Vertonghen’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been linked to the Bundesliga star.The Arsenal squad trek through the desert on camels during Dubai training camplast_img read more

Veteran leaves patriotic legacy

first_imgJenkins left high school against his father’s wishes to join his brother at war in Europe and was stationed in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, where he drove a lieutenant general and even once chauffeured Gen. George S. Patton. Jenkins met Dwight D. Eisenhower during the war, and came to see the war from the viewpoint of those who orchestrated it, as he shuttled others to view the troops. He also put his driving skills to use by carrying messages while being fired upon. “Commanders sent him out with a tear in their eye every time because there was a high probability he wouldn’t come back,” Donald A. Jenkins said. His father received three stars for serving in battle, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was then placed on a ship and he believed he would return home as he sailed across the Atlantic, but instead sailed through the Panama Canal to the Philippines. There he prepared to storm the beaches of Japan in case of a full invasion. The operation was likely to mean death, but mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved his life, his family said. It also gave him the opportunity to again watch history in the making while aboard the USS Missouri. “He did see Hirohito and he did see the surrender and all of that,” Jenkins’ son said. Jenkins’ war legacy would later influence his son, who enlisted against his father’s wishes. Donald A. Jenkins, wounded and decorated for his own service, would later bring his father to Washington, D.C., so the two could visit the World War II and Vietnam memorials together. It would be the last trip they would take together. Suffering from the effects of stroke and dementia, When he died, Jenkins also left behind his wife and three grandsons. To his son, however, his father’s legacy lives on in his military service. “The greatest thing that he instilled in me is a deep, deep sense of patriotism,” Donald A. Jenkins said. La Mirada the elder’s health began a two-year decline. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My father was a very quiet person,” Donald A. Jenkins, 59, said. “It was kind of hard to get to know him because he kept a lot of things to himself.” After serving during World War II in Europe and in the South Pacific, the elder Jenkins returned home and married his wartime sweetheart, Marian, with whom he had corresponded while overseas. He and his bride moved in 1958 from Pennsylvania to La Mirada, where he worked as a mailer for Harper and Row Publishers and raised a son. It was not until Jenkins was aging and his health began to decline that his son and sister pieced together what they knew of his military service. “When he came home, he didn’t speak of the war unless he was with other veterans,” Johnson said of her brother. “But when you did hear what they were saying, it really popped.” Instead of wearing his heart on his sleeve, Donald G. Jenkins wore it on his hat. The former resident, a World War II veteran who chauffeured generals to inspect troops and deliver secret messages behind enemy lines, died on Nov. 26 in hospice care. He was 83. But his family and friends remembered him as he often was, in his “World War II Veteran” baseball cap. “People would see it and stop him and thank him for his service,” Jenkins’ sister, Mary Johnson, said. “His eyes would just light up.” Although Jenkins’ proudest accomplishment was his military service, his son said he rarely spoke of it. last_img read more