Appiah: People like to push black coaches around
NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) -Ghana coach and former captain Kwesi Appiah says black coaches can succeed in Africa if they stand up for themselves.
Appiah says "the most important thing is the black coach being strong and not allowing people to tell you what to do.''
Appiah is a rare case of an African player graduating to national coach and, along with Nigeria's Stephen Keshi, is aiming to give the African Cup of Nations its first black African coach of a champion for over 20 years.
Appiah says he has "total respect'' for foreign white coaches in Africa but black managers "can do the same as anybody.''
In a sideshow to Wednesday's semifinals, Africans Appiah and Keshi take on foreign coaches Paul Put of Burkina Faso and Patrice Carteron of Mali respectively.