Ghana hire Kwesi Appiah as national team coach for second time

Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years Getty Images

Kwesi Appiah is back as the Ghana coach, two years after he was fired from the same job.

The Ghana Football Association announced Appiah will replace Avram Grant from May 1, after the Executive Committee of the body endorsed the decision of the six-man search party.

Appiah, a former Ghana captain and assistant, will resign from his role with Sudan side Al Khartoum and return to the job he left two years ago. He took Ghana to the 2014 World Cup finals with stunning victories over Egypt and Zambia, but the team's poor showing in Brazil and squabbles in camp derailed most of the gains from that time.

He took charge of 28 matches in that period, winning 15, drawing five and losing eight, including two at the World Cup as Ghana failed to progress beyond the group stage for the first time.

His core mandate will be to win the 2019 Nations Cup, but he will also be required to resurrect the country's ailing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Ghana have qualified for the past three World Cups but trail Egypt by five points in their current qualification campaign with four games remaining.