The instability of Cape Coast Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs in elite football must be a thing of the past.
Chief coach of Dwarfs, J.E Sarpong, made this assertion in an interview with the Times Sports on Sunday.
“We have been in-and-out of the top flight, but I think we have come to stay this time around.
“Dwarfs is a huge football tradition and we all have to work our fingers to the bone to ensure we halt this instability at the top level because we have the finesse and capability to be amongst the best,” he stated.
The experienced coach, who has handled many top sides including two of the nation’s Gullivers – Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak, described Dwarfs’ re-entry into the top flight last month as “pretty challenging.”
“Indeed, after suffering the drop last year, we had only eight months to stage a fight-back and that was quite demanding and tortuous,” he observed, revealing that the club would target a top-six finish in the new season.
“Our initial target would be to finish at the top-six bracket, but would be quick to seize the opportunity when it presents itself to improve on that goal,” the veteran Sarpong re-iterated.
Known as a no-nonsense disciplinarian, Sarpong attributed the club’s successful comeback to a myriad of factors that included the commitment and discipline of his players as well as the unalloyed backing of the club’s supporters and old players.
The retired Physical Education instructor at Accra Academy also lauded the untiring efforts of Dwarfs’ CEO, Nana Aidoo, president of the club Nana Brew Butler, board secretary J.F Mensah – who has been elected into the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Committee seat, and the media, among many others.
He appealed to the Dwarfs’ management team, the supporters and stakeholders to eschew any acts that could affect the psyche of the club.
“We want to make a huge impression in the season and we would need a lot of team work and unity, and also making sure all of us avoid any acrimony that has the potential of destabilising us,” he hammered.
Sarpong, took over from Professor J.K. Mintah midstream last year, when the club was neck-deep in relegation and was struggling desperately for survival.
By John Vigah