Nationality won’t count in selection of new Black Stars coach – Sports Minister

The nationality of the next head coach of the senior nation­al male football team, Black Stars, will not count as the Ghana Football Association continue to search for a new coach, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustafa Yussif, has indicated.

According to him, the compe­tence of the prospective coach will be the cardinal consideration rather than nationality when the FA finally settles on the preferred coach.

“What the country needs is a very competent coach. A coach who will help us achieve our objectives and not because he is a Ghanaian or a foreigner. All we want is a good coach,” Mr Yussif, MP, Yagaba/Kubore, said.

He gave this hint in Accra yester­day when he led officers of the Na­tional Sports Authority to respond to audit questions pertaining to the Authority as captured in the Audi­tor-General’s report on Ministries, year ending December 31, 2020.

The FA, Mr Yussif said, was already in search of a new techni­cal head for the four-time African champions following the depar­ture of former coach, Otto Addo.

The Borussia Dortmund trainer stepped down after Ghana’s abysmal performance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar; having exited the tournament at the group stage.

“In Ghana, the agency in charge of hiring a coach, the FA, is in the process of (appointing a new coach) and I have personally engaged them on it. As at last week, the indication was that they will bring the final report to the ministry possibly this week or next week.

“Because I know we have an assignment in March, we need to have a replacement of head coach so that we can start preparing in earnest for the Afcon qualifiers which is going to take place in March,” he told the James Klutse Avedzi- chaired Committee.

Mr Yussif said having in mind the commitments ahead of the preparation for the na­tions in Cote d’Ivoire next year, the Sports Minister said the FA was working fervently to get a coach for the team ahead of qualifiers against Central Afri­can side, Angola, in March.

“The country should be assured that the FA is working to ensure that we get a replace­ment,” Mr Yussif promised.

Meanwhile, with over 60 applications, FA spokesperson, Henry Asante Twum, has dis­closed that no Ghanaian coach has applied for the vacant Black Stars coaching job.

“Maybe over 60 applications. The Black Stars is very attrac­tive. You cannot have Moham­med Kudus in your team and think the Black Stars are not attractive. It is an attractive brand, no doubt about that.

“I’m never surprised that coaches are constantly apply­ing. Most of them are from European countries and some too from South America. “So far, no Ghanaian coach has applied for the Black Stars job,” Twum told Accra- based Asempa FM on January 10, 2022.

However, Ghanaian-born Irish, Chris Hughton, the Ghanaian Times understands has applied for the vacant head coach job of the 2010 world cup quarter finalists and is considered favourite for the job.


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