Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:54

OPINION: Local Coaches should stay away from Black Stars Job Featured

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Thanks to Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports spokesperson Elvis Adjei Baah, the entire universe know the position of the West African country’s ruling government on the matter of who the next Black Stars Coach should be. “The Ministry feels that it is time the national team was handed to a Ghanaian” he said. The declaration is music to the ears of many Ghanaians who have been disenchanted with expatriate coaches performance with the country’s Senior Male football team, the Black Stars, over the years.

 

Despite providing top quality working conditions to such coaches not forgetting the abundant talent that oozes from the earth, the results have been short of expectation. The nation is yet to win an African title since winning in 1982 despite making huge strides by qualifying to the World Cup on three straight occasions and reaching the quarterfinals. Recently departed Coach Avram Grant comes across easily as the most loathed expat closely followed by money hungry Milovan Rajevac with his shenanigans during his time on the job. The Israeli barely spent time in Ghana and worsened the already strained relationship by making derogatory comments to the countrymen when quizzed. Since his departure, several calls have been made for a “local” or more appropriately Ghanaian trainer to lead the Stars.

The likes of former Coach Kwesi Appiah, Abdul Razak and Mohammed Polo’s names have surfaced as likely candidates to take the big job. As compelling as the opportunity to coach one of Africa’s best sides is, Ghanaian trainers must avoid picking up the Black Stars job particularly Appiah who was at the helm when Ghana got its name into the history books for the wrong reason when players threatened to boycott the final group game against Portugal at the 2014 World Cup. Coaches must stay away from the job to avoid another embarrassment because Ghana, believe me, is still infatuated with anything and everything foreign including the Black Stars top job.

Tempers are still on the up in light of Ghana’s poor showing at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in January so it is quite understandable for vocal calls to be made for a local coach after many failed “foreign” experiments. Riding on popular vote to appoint a Ghanaian coach ahead of a more deserving candidate say Herve Renard, sets a bad tone for the coach’s reign. His or in a highly improbable case, her appointment, will always be met with chagrin based on the appointment coming by way of nationality not competence. Lets face fact Ghana is broke. Now broke might cast a supremely dire picture on the country’s outlook but that is the truth.

Ghana is deep in debt to her neck for the country to shell out $70,000 a month through the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to cater to a foreign coach like Grant. As such, the more logical thing to do to save money to settle other arrears, will be to appoint a Ghanaian coach who is almost bound to take a sizable cut in monthly wages. For comparison sake, Kwesi Appiah’s time as Coach cost Ghana $25,000 which is half of what Grant was reportedly paid after every four weeks .

The Nana Akuffo-Addo led government has promised a lot with the recent budget increasing allocation money to the Sports Ministry from 22 million to 45 million dollars on top of huge promises to deliver free Senior High School education and industries for every district. Money is needed to fund all these ambitious projects and with the same government promising to cut borrowing, paying for these projects has to come from austere measures like hiring a Ghanaian coach over a foreign one. Ghanaian coaches interested in coaching the Black Stars should bear in mind the current state of the average Ghanaian football fan is geared towards appointing one of their own but the situation is temporal.

Ghanaians are vexed with doling out huge money in exchange for bad performances and results but as quickly as most have called for Kwesi Appiah’s return, a huge lot from the same pot, called for his sack after happenings in Brazil. Unlike Germany and other world leading football nations, who stick with their countrymen through the highs and lows, Ghana’s position is fickle and susceptible to drastic changes.

 

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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2014/15 Ghanaian Premier League Table

TEAMS PLD GD PTS
Asante Kotoko 0 0 0
Heart of Lions 0 0 0
Hearts of Oak 0 0 0
Wa All Stars 0 0 0
Sekondi Hasaacas 0 0 0
New Edubiase United 0 0 0
Bechem United 0 0 0
Inter Allies 0 0 0
AshGold SC 0 0 0
BA Stars
0 0 0
Berekum Chelsea
0 0 0
Liberty Professionals 0 0 0
Medeama Sc 0  0 0
Aduana Stars
0 0 0
WAFA
0 0 0
Gt. Olympics
0   0
0
  TEAMS
  PLD
  GD
  PTS
 
  Asante Kotoko  
  30  
  25  
  63  
 
  Ashante Ashgold  
  30  
  2  
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Player Goals
Augustine Okran - Bechem United 12
Seidu Bansey - Asante Kotoko 10
Paul De Valries Asare - All Stars 9
Emmanuel Osei - AshGold  8
Emmanuel Osei - AshGold SC 7
Richard  Yamoah - Hasaacas 7
Samuel Afful - Hasaacas 7
Winful Cobbinah - Hearts of Oak 5
Emmanuel Hayford - Hearts of Oak 5
   
   
   
   
   
   
Matchday 1 Fixtures
Aduana  vs  Asante Kotoko
Hasaacas  vs Liberty
BA United   vs
Bechem United
Heart of Lions

 vs

New Edubiase
Inter Allies  vs Medeama 

All Stars

 vs Berekum Chelsea

Hearts of Oak 

 

AshantiGold

 vs

 

vs 

WAFA

 

Gt. Olympics

 

 

Matchday 1 Results

Heart of Lions 

 0-0   New Edubiase        
Aduana   0-0 Asante Kotoko

Hasaacas

0-0 Liberty

BA United

 0-0

Bechem United

Inter Allies

 0-0 Medeama

 Wa All Stars

 0-0 Berekum Chelsea

Hearts of Oak

 0-0 WAFA
 AshantiGold  0-0  Gt. Olympics
.
TEAMS PLD GD PTS
 Asante Kotoko  30  25  63
 Ashante Ashgold  30  2  49
 Accra Hearts of Oak  30  11  47
 Medeama SC
 30  8  46
 Edubiase FC
 30  0  46
 Aduana Stars  30  9  45
 Berekum Chelsea  30  7  45
 Liberty Professionals  30  8  42
 Wa All Stars  30  0  42
 Ebusua Dwarfs  30  -3  36
 Tema Youth  30  -1  35
 Heart of Lions  30  -9  33
 Arsenals  30  -15  30
 Wassaman United  30  -16  29
 Bechem United  30  -17  29
 Tudu Mighty Jets  30  -9  28
.
  TEAMS
  PLD
  GD
  PTS
 
  Asante Kotoko  
  30  
  25  
  63  
 
  Ashante Ashgold  
  30  
  2  
  49  
 
  Accra Hearts Of Oak  
  30  
  11  
  47  
 
  Medeama SC  
  30  
  8  
  46  
 
  Edubiase FC  
  30  
  0  
  46  
 
  Aduana Stars  
  30  
  9  
  45  
 
  Berekum Chelsea  
  30  
  7  
  45  
 
  Liberty Professionals  
  30  
  8  
  42  
 
  Wa All Stars  
  30  
  0  
  42  
 
  Abusua Dwarfs  
  30  
  -3  
  36  
 
  Tema Youth  
  30  
  -1  
  35  
 
  Heart Of Lions  
  30  
  -9  
  33  
 
  Arsenals  
  30  
  -15  
  30  
 
  Wassaman United  
  30  
  -16  
  29  
 
  Bechem United  
  30  
  -17  
  29  
 
  Tudu Mighty Jets  
  30  
  -9  
  28  

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