James Kwesi Appiah has been appointed head coach of the Ghana national team, stepping up from the role of assistant boss.

Kwesi Appiah replaces Serbian Goran Stevanovic, who was sacked last month following the Black Stars' failure to reach the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final earlier this year.

A statement from the Ghana Football Association read: "The Ghana Football Association has appointed James Kwesi Appiah as the substantive head coach of the Black Stars.

Appiah will meet the Executive Committee of the GFA on Tuesday, April 10, to formalise the deal.

GFA statement

"The executive committee of the GFA confirmed the appointment of the former international at a meeting in Accra on Monday," the statement went on. "The meeting was called to discuss the head-hunting exercise undertaken by the GFA to find a permanent Black Stars coach.

"Appiah will meet the Executive Committee of the GFA on Tuesday, April 10, to formalise the deal."

Ghana made it to the Nations Cup semi-final but went down to eventual winners Zambia. They then lost the third-place play-off 2-0 to Mali.