Konadu: We need infrastructure to develop

FBL-WC-2014-GHA-PRESSERAssistant Coach of the Black Stars, Maxwell Konadu has said the country must move beyond talent-hunt initiatives and build infrastructure for players to develop.

He said despite the initiatives by the private sector players to discover talents, it was important for government to build more infrastructures to compliment the efforts of the private individuals.

The Black Stars assistant trainer said this at the Accra edition of the ongoing Betway Talent Search.

Konadu, who is also one of the scouts for the event, lauded the company for the initiative, adding that, it would go a long way to produce quality players for both clubs and the national teams.

“We have been to Tamale, Sunyani, Kumasi, Cape Coast and now in Accra and the talents all across the country was amazing and gave us some assurance for Ghana football in future”, he stated.

Former captain of the Black Stars, Stephen Appiah also asked players to continue working hard to become the best, saying, “It was very challenging selecting players for the final stages of the talent search because most of the participants are determined to make an impact.”

After the weekend’s event in Accra, about 22 players will be selected to be camped ahead of the grand finale scheduled for later this month.

Meanwhile, Assistant coach of Asante Kotoko, Akakpo Patron has praised his players for showing tactical maturity in their victory over arch rivals Hearts of Oak on Sunday.

 

The record Ghanaian champions defeated Hearts 2-0, to record back to back victory over the Accra based club in the space of seven days.

Obed Owusu opened the scoring for the Reds after a swift counter attacking football before Emmanuel Gyamfi sealed victory with a fine strike. Both goals came in the second half.

Hearts of Oak had the better of possession but could not capitalise on their dominance.

Akakpo Patron believes his side was tactically disciplined than their rivals.

“Like I said earlier, they look fantastic and everything but we were more tactically disciplined,” Akakpo said in a post match interview.

“At the end of the day on the counter attack, we are good on it so you can even see from the goals we scored,” he added.

“You will play but at the end of the day winning is important. Even if tomorrow they come, it will go on our way.”

The Porcupine Warriors have lined up another two legged friendly against regional rivals Ashantigold as the club continues to prepare for the uncertain return of the Zylofon Cash Premier League.

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