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20.06.2008 Football News

Most fans call against a local coach to handle Black Stars

By GNA
Most fans call against a local coach to handle Black Stars
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Sunyani, (B/A) June 20, GNA - A cross-section of football enthusiasts in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo regional capital have called on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) not to engage a local coach to lead the senior national
team, the Black Stars following its 2-0 defeat to the Azingo Nationale of Gabon in the on-going African Cup of Nations/World Cup qualifiers.
Most of the interviewees expressed total disappointment about the performance and the conduct of the team and attributed its defeat to technical bankruptcy as well as complacency on the side of the players.
Mr Nyamekye Marfo, a sports presenter at Ark FM, a private radio station in Sunyani told the GNA Sports that he was of the view that local coaches should be engaged as assistants and that GFA must appoint a well competent foreign coach to succeed Coach Claude Le Roy who resigned his position a month ago.
“The Black Stars always do not perform up to expectation at the start of every Nation's Cup qualifiers but later struggle to secure points” he noted adding “it will take a good and veteran coach to reverse such a trend”.
Mr Marfo said that lack of respect by the players to local coaches was a major problem that impedes the performance of the national team.
Mr Edward E. Wilson, Brong-Ahafo Regional Sports Development Officer, however commended the performance of Coach Sillas Tetteh and the Black Stars for their impressive display in winning two out of the three matches played so far.
He urged the players not to be complacent but to remain focused on the matches ahead of them so as to secure the Nation the opportunity to participate in both the African and the World Cup tournaments.
Mr Wilson called on soccer fans to desist from putting unnecessary pressure on the players but rather encourage them to demonstrate flexibility on the field of play to enable them win their remaining matches.
He pledged the support of the Sports Council for any competent coach who would be engaged by the GFA.
Mr Wilson expressed the optimism that the national team was capable of playing up to expectation in their return encounter with Azingo Nationale of Gabon at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra on Sunday June 22.

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