Lebanese Ambassador reward Ghanaian coach
Enterprising Ghanaian Coach, Kennedy Nana Kwesi Darko, has received a plaque from the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, Maher Kahir for his commitment and dedication to youth football.
The presentation was made on Monday at the Mcdan Park in Accra, as part of the May Day celebration.
It was to honour the trainer referred to as ‘Coach Ken’ for his contribution to youth football, having been the brain behind the three-day Lebanese Cultural Centre Eid Festival Soccer Tournament put together by the Lebanon Embassy to mark Ramadan.
The event saw Team Sapco and MANCWA emerged winners, respectively.
Speaking to the Times Sports, the Certified Fitness Instructor said “He was elated for the recognition and added that he remained dedicated and ready to serve.”
Coach Darko doubles as a Sports Event Organizer who works with agencies in Ghana and Europe to scout for talents for clubs abroad.
He started as a footballer but was forced by injuries to quit and ventured into coaching duties, after receiving his Private Coaching Certificate from Dynamo Houston FC in the USA and a Certified Fitness Instructor Certificate from the Regional Maritime University in Accra.
Darko has enrolled to be part of the next batch of GFA/CAF License D Coaching Course which rolls off next month at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram.
He began his career with third division outfit, Falatha FC in Accra before and moved to Okwuepemang FC in the Eastern region and ended up at Ghana Premier League side, Aduana Stars in 2009.
His exploits landed him in South Africa with tier-two club, Niko Taurus and later to the youth side of Belgian Pro League Clubs, Eupen KAS two years after.
Currently, he is the Assistant Coach for division-two club, Future Soccer Academy and the Head Coach of Krowor Stars in Accra for the past four years.
BY LINUS SIAW NARTEY