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20.12.2006 Football News

Duncan Made Youth Football Instructor

By Daily Graphic
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Black Starlets coach, David Duncan, has been made an instructor of trainers of youth football for the UEFA/CAF Meridian Project in Africa.

The appointment came after the coach's participation in the Eighth UEFA/CAF Meridian Youth Conference in Limassol, Cyprus, from November 29 to December 1.

“As a result, you are now considered to be part of the network of African instructors for the development of youth and grassroots football.

It is now your task to instruct other instructors in Africa,” a document carrying a questionnaire on the seminar and addressed to Duncan said in part.

“I hope by the experience derived from the conference, I can contribute towards the improvement of the Ghanaian game,” the coach told the Daily Graphic.

The Meridian Project among other things seeks to provide technical training to youth football coaches and referees, and education on administrative and marketing matters to football administrators.

Duncan was nominated by CAF for the seminar after guiding the Starlets to second place at the African Under-17 Championship in The Gambia last May.

He became the first Ghanaian coach to attend the seminar as well as the first Ghanaian coach to be made an instructor of the UEFA/CAF Meridian Project.

In Cyprus, he attended the seminar alongside five other African coaches, including The Gambia's Ghanaian coach, Fred Osam-Duodu, who won the African championship for the West African country for the first time.

Nigeria's Under-20 coach, Samson Siasia, Cote d'Ivoire's Francois Mohe, whose side managed just bronze at the African Under-17 Championship despite an outstanding show, and Jamal Fathi of Morocco who led his country's Under-20 team to fourth place at the junior football World Cup in Holland were part of Africa's representation at the seminar.

South Africa's Serame Letsoaka who coached his country's Under-17 team to fourth place in The Gambia attended on a special invitation.

Duncan, himself a product of youth football, although his stint in the camp of the Black Satellites in the mid-1980s did not blossom into a full international career, will assume duty as head coach of Ashantigold when the new season begins.

He has coached Great Olympics and Hasaacas in his young career.

Story by Michael Quaye

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