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30.11.2005 Football News

German Coach Praises Ghanaian Youngster

By Daily Guide
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HERTHA BERLIN coach, Falko Gotz, was full of praise for Ghanaian youngster, Kevin Boateng after his team's disappointing weekend draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The capital city outfit lost ground on Bundesliga leader, Bayern Munich, after failing to bag a win against the Foals, but Gotz was quick to compliment the 19-year-old, who was making his first start for Hertha.

“Kevin is a full-blooded footballer - a rough diamond which still needs to be cut here and there,” he said.

“He has already come a long way, as far as his touch on the ball, his speed, and his ability to anticipate situations, are concerned. “He is going about things just the right way, to find his permanent place in the team.”

The Hertha boss received some bad news, after Sunday's match, on learning, Dick van Burik and Pal Dardai sustained knocks, and are now unavailable for selection for Wednesday's UEFA Cup clash with Sampdoria. The pair join Marko Pantelic and Oliver Schroder on the sidelines, although Gotz will be able to call on Brazilian international, Gilberto, who has recovered in time, to play.