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29.01.2004 Football News

Goldfields Sign German Coach

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Obuasi Goldfields have hired German Peter Nogly as manager for the next football season.

The 57-year old would team up with assistant national coach Oti Akenteng in a combination that the Goldfields management hope would help the club reclaim the premier league title they last won seven years ago.

Despite winning three straight league crowns at the inception of Ghana’s professional football league in 1993 and reaching the finals of the maiden edition of the African champions league, Goldfields have been unable to compete for major honours lately.

Nogly comes to Obuasi with a vast experience from football. He was captain of Bundesliga side HSV Hamburg when they won the 1976 European Cup Winners Cup but he has spent his coaching career mostly in the German lower division with SC Norderstedt and TuS Hoisdorf.

Goldfields have a knack for signing foreign coaches and were last coached by Dutchman Hans Van der Pluym two seasons ago.

Nogly also joins a growing list of German coaches who have coached in Ghana.

Presently only one German, King Faisal’s Hans Dieter Schmidt practices his trade in Ghana but the senior national team the Black Stars and league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko have all relied on German expertise in the last few years.

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