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21.12.2004 Football News

Second Foreign Coach?

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is awaiting response from the Sports Ministry for the proposed hiring of another foreign coach to assist new Ghana manager, Ratomir Dujkovic.

Dujkovic, according to sources at FA, had prior to his appointment demanded that he be allowed to bring along his own assistant.

JOYSports investigations have revealed that the FA had agreed to the Serbian's demand, a departure from the age-long practice of appointing local coaches to assist foreign managers.

According to F.A vice-chairman, Kwasi Nyantakyi speaking to JOYSports, Dujkovic will have two assistants, one foreigner and the other a Ghanaian coach.

He explains that to achieve maximum results in the quest to secure World Cup qualification ticket for Ghana, there is the need to allow the coach to work with someone he can understand and bond with very well.

If the ministry acquiesces to Dujkovic's demand, the wage bill will shoot up to $20,000 with the Serbian receiving a $15, 000 monthly salary while his assistant pockets $5,000.

Earlier reports in the Ghanaian media had suggested that Heart of Lions coach, Bashiru Hayford, who contested the Stars managerial position with Dujkovic would be handed the assistant job but the latest move rules him and any other local out of the picture.

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