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Afranie claims foreign coaches have negatively influenced Ghana's style of play

Published on: 22 January 2014
E.k Afranie

Legendary Ghanaian coach E.K Afranie claims the invasion of expatriates coaches have affected the country’s samba style of play.

Local man Kwesi Appiah will guide the Black Stars to the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the first time after previous feats were achieved by foreign legions.

Serbian tacticians Ratomir Dujkovic and Milovan Rajevac supervised the Black Stars at the 2006 and 2010 respectively while Goran Stevanovic was in charge at the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Afranie, who guided Ghana’s Under-20 team to clinch silver at the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina, claims the influx of foreign coaches have affected the country’s sublime style of free-passing football.

“Our style of play has changed because of these expatriate Coaches and it’s not even yielding results,” he is quoted by Radio XYZ

“We have resorted to long balls and rigid play but even the English who started that football have stopped.

“We are noted for our agro style of play. The one I call the “noboa” system which literally means collective play where ten men defend and attack at the same time.

“Today we hardly see that kind of play in our League and also at the national level.

“We don’t enjoy our football again today because there is no is flair, no skill, any exceptional talents as well potent strikers.

“Ghana football is suffering today because of the influx of these foreign Coaches and the earlier we tackle it the better for us all.

He added: “In any case what have they been doing in their own countries.

“If they were that good will they have come here. Do they win competitions in their own country?

“Some of them are not even near the technical bench but they come here and take up Head Coach Positions.

Ghanaian local sides Medeama, Aduana Stars and Bechem United have all appointed whites trainers .


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • EA1us says:
    January 22, 2014 06:06 pm
    @ kuukuphilly, I agree with you. @ kofi(atlanta), You also have a great point, but we have to implement a strategy to eliminate corruption; it can be done. Employing white coaches and not working towards the problem isn't the answer. It'll take some time, but we'll get there.
  • Kofi(Atlanta) says:
    January 22, 2014 01:54 pm
    What do you want GFA to listen. These foreign coaches came to weed corrupt local coaches out. Look, some of these local coaches like Afranie had all the opportunity to excel but there were all sorts of charges including favoritism and bribery. They could not control the foreign player until B. Zeisse came around. Of course the new generational coaches like Coach Appiah have shown that honesty and hardworking can trump everything. Coach Appiah deserve a lot of credit because he has pave way for some of these local coaches to be recognized and respected. This guy is not just gentle, he is honest and friendly. Those of us always traveling with the team see this guy like mini God. Fantastic guy!
  • kuukuphilly says:
    January 22, 2014 01:27 pm
    is GFA listening.