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27.09.2004 Football News

GFA clears the air

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Accra, Sept. 27, GNA - The sudden departure of former Black Stars coach, Mariano Barreto has resulted in huge speculations in the media over the possible replacement for the coach on a long-term basis. Ghanaian born French star, Marcel Desaily and Liberian international, George Opong Weah have been widely tipped as possible successors to the departed Portuguese national as the GFA searches for a new man to take over.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) in reaction to the growing speculations in the media has stated categorically that the issue of finding a coach for the team on a long- term basis is not under consideration at the moment.

In a statement signed Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, Chairman of the GFA copied to the GNA Sports said "The search for a long term solution to the technical problems of the national team will commence after the Stars have played DR. Congo in their next World Cup qualifying game on Sunday, October 10".

The statement said the immediate concern of the GFA is how to ensure total victory over DR. Congo and advised those fuelling speculations on the two individuals to rather focus their attention on the important match.

According to the statement, the current technical team headed by Coach Sam Arday deserves total support from Ghanaians and called on Ghanaians to avoid doing anything that will prove diversionary to the course of the team since the World Cup dream is very crucial to the nation.

The statement said, the GFA has total confidence in coach Arday and his men and will not do anything to derail their efforts in winning the next game.

In a related development, the GFA has assured the general public that it is vigorously pursuing the Barreto case and will keep the public informed on the outcome in due time.