‘Ghana needs a big personality as Black Stars coach,’ says former Sports Minister


The former minister believes a coach who has huge reputation and disciplinary records should be appointed as the next Black Stars coach

Former Youth and Sports minister of Ghana, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, has stated that the football association should select good coach for the senior national team.

Reports in the local media has suggested that former coach Milovan Rajevac is on his way for a second coming after C.K Akonnor was sacked a fortnight ago.

Although, Milovan was able to guide the Black Stars to the quarterfinals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, his impending return has brought about divergent opinions.

“During the world cup in Brazil, something happened at the training ground where a player uttered some disrespectful words to the coach. I think that was an opportunity for the coach to discipline him and if he had done that, things wouldn’t have denigrated to what we later saw all over,” Afriyie-Ankrah told Light FM.

“Although, it is a teamwork, I think the Football Association should allow the new coach to have free hands to operate and have his own choices so that he can succeed,” he added.

Afriyie-Ankrah also shed light on how Ghana can turnaround events to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup despite a slow start to the qualifiers.

“To be able to qualify, we need a full cooperation of the ministry, FA, players , former players and other stake holders. It is so important that they will all come together to fight a common goal. I met the old players in the past and gave them something,” he said.

“I then told them to forget everything that has happened in the past which they feel were unfortunate. I personally think it helped,” he added.

Ghana will face Zimbabwe in the World Cup qualifiers on October 5 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium before they travel to Harare for the return fixture four days later.


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