Ghana's Sports Ministry Approves Israeli Coach Avram Grant to Lead National Team

Ex-Chelsea coach expected to lead the Black Stars into the Africa Cup of Nations next January.

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Ghana’s Sports Ministry approved the appointment of Avram Grant as coach of the Ghanaian national team, local media reported on Monday.

According to the reports, the Ghana Football Association Executive Committee is expected to ratify the appointment of the ex-Chelsea coach on Thursday.

Ghana's Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi was quoted as saying said that Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga approved the appointment. "We briefed him on the details of the agreement reached with Avram Grant and he endorsed it,” he said. "“We now have to report back to the Executive Committee after which an official announcement will be made.”

Local media estunated Grant will earn a monthly salary of $50,000 as well as a signing fee of over $200,000.

Grant, 59, has been widely touted by the Ghanaian media as front runner for the vacant Black Stars job, following what was regarded as an impressive display before the Ghana FA’s interview panel in October.

There has also been concern that because Grant holds an Israeli passport, he might be prevented from travelling to countries that do not provide access to Israelis – which includes most of the Arab world. GFA said it was looking into the issue.

Ghana's soccer team is considered one of the best in Africa, with many projecting it to win the Africa Cup of Nations next January.