Ghana’s Coach James Kwasi Appiah highlights experiences from his international playing and coaching career, and showcases his thoughts on Ghana football’s past, present and future. Appiah also discusses major events during his time as a player, his journey to becoming an international coach, qualifying the national team to the World Cup, his teams preparations and participation in the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Ghana’s Best XI, and leaving a legacy.
The book is divided into four parts:
Part 1 – From Boy to Man, about his childhood through to his days with Kumasi Asante Kotoko;
Part 2 – A Leader of Men and Teams, about becoming a coach and eventually the coach of the Black Stars;
Part 3 – Champions Always Play to Win, about key events in his playing and coaching career; and
Part 4 – Leaving a Legacy, about money, Ghana’s Best XI, and the future of Ghana football.
Appiah gives his account of Senegal ’92, which includes an eye-witness account of the Black Stars’ painful loss of an AFCON final after the marathon penalty shootout, as well as about the captaincy controversy at that tournament that involved Kwasi Appiah, Abedi Pele, Tony Baffoe and Tony Yeboah. He also shares about the Brazil 2014 World Cup events, AFCON 2019 (which has three chapters dedicated to it), about making money and investing wisely, and his list of Ghana’s all-time best players.