04.07.2006 Football News

Time To Believe In Local Coaches

By Daily Graphic
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Mr Frank Apeagyei, a media practictioner, says the time has come for the country to take a firm decision not to hire the services of any foreign coach for the Black Stars.

In his view, there are some good local coaches who are equal to the task of handling the Stars very efficiently.

Mr Apeagyei, who was speaking to the Graphic Sports in an interview at the weekend, advocated a think tank of Ghanaian coaches who can be entrusted with the handling of the Stars.

“Once such a team is put together, they themselves will decide who should be their head”, he said.

Mr Apeagyei decried the situation where Ghanaian coaches do all the behind-the-scene work on the Black Stars and yet all the credit is given to foreign coaches.

He cited the World Cup campaign where the scouting roles of Sam Arday, Jones Attuquayefio and Robert Sackey went a long way in enhancing the performance of the team, but at the end of the day coach Ratomir Dujkovic savoured all the plaudits.

Touching on the goal scoring problem that became embarrassingly manifest at the World Cup, Mr Apeagyei said it could be solved through the unearthing of players with great potential for putting the ball in the net.

“We can find such players from the Division Two to the Premier League, we only need coaches with eyes for discovering such talents to get the job done,” he noted.

Mr Apeagyei was emphatic that good strikers don't mess up with great chances and cited the Ghana-Brazil match in which Ronaldo, despite being almost totally eclipsed, took the only chance that fell to him with precision.

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