‘Prioritise grassroots football’

Ghana U-17 Coach and Dreams FC Technical Director, Karim Zito, says the new administration of the Ghana Football Association must concentrate on grassroots football which is a major area to develop the sport in the country.

According to him, a lot of talents may go waste and the country may lose its identity if grassroots football was not developed or prioritised.

“In football the secret is the youth, if we are in a country and we don’t develop youth football, we will not get to the top. We have to invest in the youth to develop the talent in Ghana. The new FA must make the grassroots their priority so football can develop in the country, he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

Karim Zito also revealed that most coaches at the youth level lack basic coaching skills to help unearth talents, which is another worrying trend in player development.

“If the coaches know the basics it will be easy to select a player when you go for scouting, Most Ghanaian coaches at the colts or juvenile level lack the basics.”

He advised coaches at the colts and juvenile level to go for training to develop themselves, adding that, it will help in the development of the players at that level.

“They should go for refresher courses and start from the scratch. There is a lot to coaching. I will advise them to ask a lot of questions from their senior levels and improve.”

Meanwhile, Ghana Football Association (GFA) presidential hopeful Amanda Clinton has disclosed that she will be ready to merge with another candidate only if she is still contesting for the top job. 

Ms Clinton, the only female contestant for the FA presidency in an interview with Kumasi based radio station; Sikka FM welcomed an idea of a merger.

However, that decision will be made only if she maintains her interest in the position as president.

“Of course I will merge with one of the candidates if I’m the president and the person is the vice,” she told Sikka Sports. –Ghanasoccernet

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