GFA confirm Grant as new Black Stars coach

The Ghana FA have confirmed Avram Grant as the new coach of the Black Stars with the target of doing well at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and winning the 2017 edition.

The Israeli takes over from Maxwell Konadu – who has been in interim charge of the team – on a 27-month contract, the Ghana FA announced at a press conference on Thursday.

Grant, 54, was engaged in further dicussions and negotiations over his terms of conditions by the Ghana FA earlier this month after he emerged frontrunner after an interview session.

He will officially begin work on Monday and will have oversight responsibilities over all the junior national teams of Ghana.

He is also to hold periodic coaching clinics to enhance the knowledge of local coaches.

Grant’s biggest task is however to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Ghana FA says due to the limited time of his appointment to the January’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, the former Chelsea boss will only be required to ‘do well’ at the tournament.

Ghana have been at least semi finalists of the competition since 2008.

It is therefore unclear whether placing below this stage will be considered having done well by the GFA.

Grant is famous for his short stint as Chelsea manager where he led the English giants to the 2008 UEFA Champions League final – where they lost to Manchester United.

He has coached Portsmouth and West Ham United thereafter before going off to Serbian to coach Partizan Belgrade.

He is currently the technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana FC – a job he will of course relinquish to take up his new post as coach of the Black Stars.