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Afcon 2025Q: Kwasi Appiah’s Sudan in double October tussle with Ghana

The upcoming 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers are set to provide a riveting spectacle as Ghana’s Black Stars brace for back-to-back encounters against Sudan, coached by Ghanaian football legend Kwasi Appiah.

These matchdays, scheduled for October 7th and 15th, have sparked intense debate and intrigue in the football community, with Appiah’s dual roles at the heart of the controversy.

Appiah, who etched his name in Ghanaian football history by becoming the first indigenous coach to qualify and lead the Black Stars to the Fifa World Cup in 2014, now finds himself in a unique position.

As the current head coach of Sudan and a member of the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) Executive Council, his loyalties are being questioned.

Following the Afcon draw on Friday, calls for Appiah to resign from his GFA role have grown louder. Critics argue that his commitment to Sudan’s success presents a clear conflict of interest, potentially undermining his duties and loyalties to Ghana’s football governing body.

Ghana’s qualifying campaign kicks off on September 2nd against Angola, but all eyes are already on the October double-header against Sudan. The first match will see the Black Stars hosting Appiah’s Falcons of Jediane on October 7th, followed by a return leg in Sudan’s yet-to-be confirmed adopted home venue on October 15th. These matches are crucial, as Ghana aims to secure one of the top two spots in Group F to qualify for the 2025 Afcon finals in Morocco.

Appiah’s influence and strategic acumen have been vital to both his roles, yet the looming double-header against his home country places him in an unprecedented position. This intriguing subplot has only added to the anticipation surrounding the qualifiers, with fans and analysts keenly observing how the dual roles will impact Appiah’s decisions and the overall dynamics of the matches.

As the countdown to these crucial encounters begins, the footballing world waits to see how this conflict of interest will unfold, potentially redefining loyalties and shaping the path to the 2025 Afcon finals.


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