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Maxwell Konadu applies for the Black Stars coaching job

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When Appiah was fired in September 2014, Maxwell took over as interim manager and guided the side to qualification for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea until being replaced by Avram Grant in December 2014. The 2012 Ghana Premier League champion with Asante Kotoko served as Grant's assistant until his departure in February 2017. From April 2017 until December 2019, Kwasi Appiah returned for a second term with the squad, and Maxwell Konadu joined with Ibrahim Tanko to help him.

Former Ghana assistant coach Maxwell Konadu has applied for the vacant Black Stars coaching position, JoySports reports.

The Nsoatreman FC manager, who served as the senior national team’s assistant coach from 2012 to 2022, is regarded as one of the country’s most experienced managers.

He has over ten years of experience as an assistant and interim coach for four World Cup participants.

The former Asante Kotoko coach was named Kwasi Appiah’s assistant in 2012, and he accompanied him to the 2013 AFCON in South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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When Appiah was fired in September 2014, Maxwell took over as interim manager and guided the side to qualification for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea until being replaced by Avram Grant in December 2014.

The 2012 Ghana Premier League champion with Asante Kotoko served as Grant’s assistant until his departure in February 2017.

From April 2017 until December 2019, Kwasi Appiah returned for a second term with the squad, and Maxwell Konadu joined Ibrahim Tanko to help him.

He was absent from the squad from February 2020 until September 2021, but returned as Milovan Rajevac’s assistant on September 24, 2021, to replace CK Akonnor.

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Maxwell’s experience with the club is regarded as a valuable asset, and insiders indicate he feels he can successfully move into the post of head coach.

The Black Stars head coach position became open after Chris Hughton was fired following Ghana’s poor performance at AFCON 2023 in Cote d’Ivoire, where the team was eliminated in the group stage.

The football governing body solicited CVs from interested individuals by Friday, February 2, 2024, at 11:59 PM.

It is unknown when the GFA will select the coaches who applied, but according to JoySports sources, Maxwell and Michael Osei are the indigenous coaches who applied for the position.

The UEFA Pro coaching licence is one of the admission criteria for applications. Any coach who applies for the job without this licence is immediately rejected, which means Maxwell and Osei may not be considered.

According to reports, coaches and many other coaches on the continent hold the CAF licence A, the highest level necessary to lead a national team in its events.

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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