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28.03.2008 Tabloid News

Tito Dropped From Stars Technical Team

Dr Martin Engmann (Tito), team doctor of the Black Stars, has suffered is a casualty in an ongoing reshuffle in the team, giving way to Dr Percy Annan as the new doctor.

The change took effect after the Ghana 2008 Nations Cup, and Dr Annan had his first official assignment as the medical head of the Stars when they lost 1-2 to Mexico in London last Wednesday.

While many have linked Dr Engmann's predicament to the infamous Shilla Illiasu injury saga which ditched Ghana's 'host and win' dream, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), simply says the decision was taken based on concerns on some medical issues about the team.

“Dr Engmann has not been sacked, but it is a reshuffle. The team is under review and coaches, medical staff and management are all being looked at,” he stressed.

He emphasised that Dr Engmann was still the Chairman of the GFA Medical Committee and would be reassigned since he had a lot of experience the FA could benefit from.

Until the latest development, Dr Engmann, alias Tito, had been with the team right from the beginning of the last World Cup qualifiers. He had before then served in the various national teams as well.

In the view of the FA President, Dr Annan is not new to the Stars, having played the role of a second team doctor for the team during Ghana's maiden World Cup campaign in Germany two years ago.

“Dr Annan is familiar with most of the players in the team and he was also in charge of the Black Meteors at the Athens Olympics,” he revealed.

He hinted that once the team was still under review the reshuffle was going to continue.

The first man to be affected by the ongoing reshuffle in the Stars was assistant Coach, Sellas Tetteh, who was appointed as the head coach of the national U-20 team, Black Satellites, a couple of weeks after the last Nations Cup.

Story by Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo

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