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04.11.2005 Football News

Keep Starlets intact: Sanzio Bahner

By Ahmed Shiraj
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In an usual foray into national team matters, Hearts of Oak coach, German Sanzio Bahner, has said the Black Starlets squad that went to Peru 2005, the World Under-17 Championship is a solid team a with huge talent pool that should not be dismantled.

Making his case to me, the outspoken coach said'' the Starlets got dropped from the tournament too early but by far they were the most tactically proven team in the entire tournament and I think the FA should keep them intact''.

Bahner argues that coach David Duncan is of a good technical coaching pedigree but he needs to be exposed to many coaching courses abroad and should be allowed to move with the team to the Under-20 level so that some form of consistency, composure and familiarity can be maintained.

The one-time King Faisal technical handler proposed that the Ghana Football Association should take up the challenge of establishing soccer academies so that a vibrant youth football core can be formed in the country.

'It would not only be a plus in grooming youngsters for all national teams but would also improve the standard of the country's premier league. The earnings from the World Cup qualification should have some reserved for this purpose and I promise you the ongoing forward match of Ghana football dare not be backtracked''.

Responding to his relations with supporters and management which got stalled shortly after he took over in July after a string of poor results, Bahner expressed satisfaction and said understanding has been reached and he is contend with the situation in the club.

He was quick in revealing that he has submitted to the management of Hearts, a proposal for an off-season massive player recruitment exercise but not same in revealing his targets.

Intelligence however gathered revealed that King Faisal's Shila Illiasu and Abubakare Yahuza, RTU's Hamza Mohammed and Taufiq Alolo and Hearts of Lions' Sadat Bukare are some of the likely bid targets of the club.