17.09.2021 Football News

Black Stars: We are looking for a top notch coach as CK Akonnor's successor - ExCO member Dr Randy Abbey

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Dr Randy Abbey
LISTEN SEP 17, 2021
Dr Randy Abbey

A member of the three-member committee tasked to search for a new coach for the Black Stars, Randy Abbey, has disclosed that the next coach could either be a Ghanaian or a foreigner with a CAF or UEFA certificate.

The Ghana Football Association are yet to name a new gaffer for the senior national team following CK Akonnor's sack.

According to him, the most important thing is that whoever is selected must be somebody who already understands the terrain and could “hit the ground running.”

He explained that the race of the person was not relevant and that whoever got the job must also fit into the government’s budget.

“The bigger picture is that we are looking for a coach who will hit the ground running because of the circumstances we find ourselves in, so obviously we are looking for a top-notch coach who has the A certification, whether from CAF or UEFA," he told Graphic Sports.

“That’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for experienced, somebody who also appreciates African football, Ghanaian football, knows our game and knows our players. We’re looking for somebody who can hit the ground running and also somebody whose compensation expectations will be within our budget,” he stressed.

He admitted that the 72 hours was too short, but noted that the exigencies of the time warranted that things were not done the normal way because the Black Stars had to play four World Cup qualifiers in the next seven weeks.

“Ideally, it (72 hours) wouldn’t be enough, but we also recognise the times that we are in. We obviously don’t have time; in about three weeks we have two World Cup qualifiers.

“In the next seven weeks we’ll be playing four World Cup qualifiers, so obviously there’s no time to do things in a normal manner,” Abbey explained.

Meanwhile, the three-member committee have submitted their recommendation for a new coach to the Ghana Football Association today.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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