The Black Stars of Ghana should appoint former French international defender and 1998 World Cup winner Marcel Desailly as their new coach according to veteran Ghanaian coach JE Sarpong.
The head coach position in the team has been vacant for some few weeks after Israeli manager Avram Grant resigned from the post following his failure to lead the team to the 2017 AFCON title, which was eventually won by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon after beating 7-time champions Egypt 2-1 in the final of the tournament in Gabon.
Ghana had earlier lost 2-0 to the same Cameroonian team in the semi-final before losing 1-0 to Burkina Faso in what was the 3rd/4th place play-off thus missing out on any medal altogether.
According to JE Sarpong, who was speaking with GhanaSoccernet, Marcel Desailly is the perfect fit for the job adding that he is the coach to end the team’s trophyless run (Ghana last won the AFCON title in 1982).
JE Sarpong said: “Marcel Desailly is the right man for the vacant coaching job and I see him as the person who can end our 35-year run without a major trophy when he is appointed.
“Foreign coaches can’t win trophies for us and so I don’t see the rationale for their continuous appointments.
“Desailly is not a foreign coach to me because he was born here and only represented France.
“He has what it takes to lead the Black Stars as he remains the only option that can bring success to us when given the top coaching job.”
Desailly was born in Accra, Ghana before leaving for France where he played for their national team and won two Confederations Cup titles and the 2000 European Championship aside winning the World Cup.
Desailly later went on to win the Champions League with Marseille in 1993 and AC Milan in 1994 before going on to play for France and win the World Cup in 1998.
However, the 48-year- old has not managed a top club or national team, but two decades of professional career gives him a wealth of experience.