Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says the facilities and learning opportunities on offer at the National Football Centre in England are truly world-class after his technical team visited the St. George’s Park this week.
Appiah, who this summer will become the first African-born coach to lead Ghana to a World Cup finals, is leading a trip to England to boost his association’s knowledge in player development, medical facilities and training equipment.
The Black Stars was accompanied by his technical team of Maxwell Konadu, goalkeeper’s coach Nassam Yakubu, team doctors Dr. Adam Baba and Prince Pambo as well as analyst Michael Okyere.
They are on tour of England and will visit Liverpool after the visit of St’ George’s Park and was delighted with what he has seen so far.
“I’m really impressed by the facilities here. For me it’s one of the best for what it does in the world,” said Appiah.
“The very fact that people can come over here to get the opportunity to train and use the pitches is fantastic.
“As well as that they’ve been able to show us the medical facilities which was great for my team to see what new technologies there are in that area.”
Appiah and his colleagues have also had the opportunity to take in a number of games during their stay in England.
So far they have visited Arsenal Ladies, Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Burton Albion – and will travel to Anfield to watch Liverpool take on Sunderland on Wednesday evening.
But the itinerary is far more than a watching brief for Appiah and company – who have also been able to speak with and learn from a number of other coaches at all levels of the game.
“I was able to spend some time with a number of the club development coaches at the Advanced Youth Award,” he added.
“Back home In Ghana, there just isn’t the opportunities for coaches to come together and share ideas on how to coach better young players, and that’s what is really impressive to see – that this collaboration is taking place at St. George’s Park.
“It’s really difficult because our pitches and facilities mean we can’t really do that.
“It’s something which we discuss regularly to encourage, and it’s one thing we’ll take away from our trip that happens here that I think is really beneficial to coaching.”
“Having a facility like this where coaches come from all over to do their coaching qualifications is something that’s really great.”
Appiah took over the Ghanaian national job in April 2012, and has since guided his side to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.