01.08.2006 Sports News


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The modalities spelt out in the selection of a new national team coach after Serbian Ratomir Dujkovic could set the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Retired National Footballers Association of Ghana (RENFAG) on a collision course.

Reports from the nine-member committee formed and tasked with the responsibility of selecting a new coach indicate that they will pay particular attention to the candidate's competence and age.

The committee was reported to have pegged the age at a maximum of 60 years and must be an achiever.

But interestingly, the age limit could slam the door on experienced coaches on the local terrain most of whom have passed the 60 year mark.

This criteria by the committee chaired by Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the FA is currently seen in some quarters in the RENFAG as a move to shut the door in the face of the local coaches.

But in order not to stir the hornet's nest, the RENFAG has dared the committee to come clear on the matter with a call to publicise the criteria to be used in the selection of the coach.

Though the retired players welfare body preferred to go about the issue in a civilized way, another section are of the view that the committee be made to know the implications of a decision of this nature.

And in the words of Reverend Osei Kofi, secretary general of the RENFAG, lies the fears and frustration of members of the association and how dispirited they are.

"It is interesting to note that some of our head coaches of national teams that participated in the World Cup are more than 60 years; he told the Times Sports yesterday, obviously referring to coaches Sam Arday and Cecil Jones Attuquayefio.

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