Oly coach lauds influence of three veterans

Yaw AcheampongHEAD coach of Accra Great Olympics, Yaw Acheampong, has underscored the importance of veterans and experienced players like Richard Kingson, Godwin Attram and Dan Quaye in the team.

The former Ashantigold midfielder is of the opinion that the knowledge shared by the younger and older generation can take Olympics to a top position by the close of the season if managed well.

Speaking to the media after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Wa All Stars in a 12th week First Capital Plus Premier League contest, Coach Acheampong did not mince words about the impact of the former internationals in his young set up.

“They are doing a great work with the young boys. Richard Kingson for instance is like a coach on the field. He talks to the boys, especially the defenders. He talks to them when something goes wrong. By so doing he ensures the defense is always in shape.”

“When you have people like this who are ready to share their knowledge and at the same time can play and plays well like they are doing, then you don’t have much problem blending them together.”

Dan Quaye is yet to make his Premier League appearance over the arrival of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Acheampong has gone unbeaten in four matches after taking over the reins of the technical team from Kassi Ocansey and attributed that to togetherness and the professional manner things are done.

He has guided the club to advance to the next stages of the FA Cup and Elite Cup tournament where they accounted for Dwarfs and former Premier League side, Amidaus Professionals.

But the biggest of his smooth fairytale is winning two straight wins in the Premier League with the win against Liberty Professionals at Dansoman being the club’s first win away from home.

Despite the good story for the AGOSU fans, Acheampong remains calm on the chances of the club in the three competitions, preferring to take the matches one after the other.

But he faces the biggest test yet in his next three matches in the Premier League which takes a break this week.

On resumption, Olympics will storm the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, after which they line up against their city rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and New Edubiase United but Coach Acheampong was not ready to make a comment on any of them.

“We have just finished one game. As you can see, everybody is exhausted. We have taken a short break. We will start training on Tuesday and work on our weaknesses because of the week-long break. It will be after that that we start preparation for the Kotoko game.

By Andrew Nortey

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