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22.03.2006 Football News

Coaches Arday and Attuquayefio await FA signals

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Accra, March 22, GNA - Ghana's renowned coaches, Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio and Sam Arday who were recently tasked as "spies" for Black Stars coach, Ratomir Djukovic await the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to spell out their terms of reference before they commence work. Coach Arday confirmed to the GNA Sports that they are awaiting a receipt of a letter from the GFA on their new role but is not sure of the scope under which they will work. "We have already been written to but would need to meet the FA to find out the modalities for the task ahead". He told the GNA Sports.

Ghana is housed alongside Italy, the Czech Republic and USA in Group E for the biggest soccer event in the world which spans from June 9-July 9 in Germany this year. Though their duties are yet to be spelt out, the former Coach of the Year and also known as the "Multi-System Man" insists, "We are already working to that effect". He said the creation and acceptance of their new roles have been long overdue in Ghana and was convinced their appointment is crucial to the Stars' quest in Germany.

Coach Arday who won the FIFA World U-17 Championship in Ecuador in 1995, mentioned the assessment of the mental strength of their opponents, their system of play and mental ability among others as the attributes they would be looking for when he spoke with the GNA Sports. Like Arday, the former African Coach of the Year, Attuqauye reckons the enormity of the task ahead but told the GNA Sports "when your country beckons, what else can you say".

The coaches are expected to inform the technical team of the Stars on some relevant observations capable of assisting the Serbian map up the exact strategy to enable the team glitter. The portfolio was crafted after the Stars abysmal performance in the MTN/CAF Cup of Nations held in Egypt where the team only claimed a win against Senegal and lost twice to Nigeria and Zimbabwe to bow out of the first round.