Partner GFA to develop football – Grant tells Govt

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Avram Grant

Outgoing Black Stars coach, Avram Grant, has advised the Ghana Government to help the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to develop football in the country.

The Isreali trainer said Ghana is a great country with abundant talent in football but believes little has been done to bring the high number of them to the limelight.

Speaking in an interview on Starr FM, an Accra based radio station on Wednesday, the former Chelsea manager called on the new government to help develop football in the country.

He urged the new Government led by Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to make the development of football in the country a priority because it has the tendency to turn the fortunes of the country.

“The country has a lot of talented players who are yet to emerge. Also, football is loved by majority of Ghanaians so when it is developed well, it can be used to achieve a number of developmental goals.”

He identified the lack of many qualified coaches, decent pay for players and officials as some of the problems bedeviling football in the country and was optimistic that if these were tackled, Ghana would take its rightful place in the world of football.

“The GFA must work closely with government to upgrade the technical know-how of the coaches, pay players in the local league decent wages and also provide good playing pitches to help develop football in the country,” he advised.

All these notwithstanding, the Israeli coach also praised the Ghana Football Association’s President, Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi for his good work in Ghanaian football and urged Ghanaian football fans to be patient with the Black Stars as they aim to break their trophy drought.

“The President of the football association is a great guy, he has great ways of doing things and the government needs to support him to develop the sport” he said.

Avram Grant also denied widespread report that he has resigned from his position as Ghana coach.

It was reported in the media that the Isreali tactician has left his post as Head Coach of the Black Stars few weeks to the end of the deal but denied the report.

The FA rather explained that Grant did not resign as reported but agreed on a termination with the FA since all the parties felt there was the need to move on.

Avram Grant took charge as Ghana coach two years ago where he led the country to two AFCONS where he placed second in his first attempt and fourth in the just ended edition.

The Coach is not expected to extend his contract after he confirmed he will be moving on to seek other opportunities elsewhere.

By Enoch Ntiamoah

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