akwasi appiah

BLACK STARS coach Kwasi Appiah left the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel on Wednesday night more humbled after receiving a special award from Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL).

The honour was in recognition of coach Appiah?s meritorious feat of qualifying the Black Stars for the World Cup as the first black man.

And for this historic achievement, GGBL presented him with an 18-carat gold designed in Guinness?s corporate logo at a well-organized event that drew members of the soccer fraternity.

Managing Director of GGBL Peter Ndegwa said, ?We are particularly excited because our premium brand Guinness, official beverage sponsor of the Black Stars, a brand built on quality, passion and the drive to win everywhere, clearly associates with Coach Appiah for demonstrating these shared qualities.

?Coach Appiah is more than a coach. He is the first local coach to qualify

the Black Stars to the FIFA World Cup. Like Guinness, Coach Appiah is indeed made of more,? he added.

Coach Appiah expressed appreciation to GGBL for the honour and attributed

the success to total support from the technical team, GFA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Joseph Yammin and Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi, in separate remarks, commended Guinness for the honour.

To them, the initiative will inspire up-and-coming coaches like Yaw Preko and C.K. Akunnor among others.

?Coach Appiah needs to be commended.

A few people gave him a dog?s chance but he has proven everybody wrong,? said Hon Yammin.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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