25.07.2006 Sports News

Attuquafio Rubbishes Coaching Criteria

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Former Black Stars Coach, Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio has expressed surprise at the Ghana Football Association's (GFA) decision to opt for a coach under the age of 60 in their search of a new coach for the Black Stars.

Jones is hotly tipped as one the main contenders for the Black Stars job since the departure of Serbian Ratomir Dujkovic.

But, the veteran coach who turns 62 in October might just fall short of what is one of the cardinal criteria the nine member FA search committee will consider in its search for a replacement Dujkovic.

In an interview with CITI SPORTS, Jones said it beats his imagination why the GFA will put premium on age when some the most accomplished coaches in the world are over the age of sixty. According to him, age has very little bearing on the how effectively a coach can perform at the highest level of football.

"Countries like the Czech Republic and some of the other world cup countries have coaches who are old", he said.

"If you talk of age, it comes with a lot of experience, in any case, what has competence got to do with age"?

But he concedes that the GFA has the final say in who it appoints as coach of the Black Stars.

"I guess I can't say much because the FA is the appointment authority and if the want someone above 60, so be it".

The Black Stars coaching job became vacant after Ratomir Dujkovic quit his position just three weeks after leading Ghana to a second round finish in the world cup in Germany.

A nine member committee was set up last week to find the next coach for the Stars.

The committee is drawn from the FA executive viz Kwesi Nyantakyi, Fred Pappoe, Kofi Nsiah, technical expertise Ben Koufie, Sam Arday, former national skipper Abedi Ayew Pele, Oheneba Charles, Jones Abu Alhassan and Aloysious Denkabe. It has two months to conclude its task

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