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No local coach can handle Black Stars - legend Polo

Published on: 27 March 2012

Ghana legend Mohammed Polo claims no local coach can handle the Black Stars and wants the Ghana FA to appoint a foreigner.

Polo, nicknamed the dribbling magician during his playing days, says coaches lack the ability to manage the egos of players and believes an expatriate is best suited to handle the Black Stars.

The Black Stars are without a substantive coach after the Ghana FA terminated the contract of Goran Stevanovic last week.

The vacant position has attracted a host of names who have been linked with the attractive job with former French captain Marcel Desailly being the frontrunner.

Assistant coach Akwasi Appiah and Sellas Tetteh are local coaches fancied for the job with calls intensifying for an indigenous man to take-over.

Three-time African Footballer of the Year, Abedi Pele is also rumoured to be eyeing the job.

But Polo, a 1978 Africa Cup of Nations winner, says his compatriots cannot

"We want coaches who will be able to manage these players but I haven’t seen one in Ghana," Polo told Accra-based Happy FM

"I won't be surprised if the GFA appoints an expatriate for the job because they seem to be able to manage the egos of some of these players.

"We need someone who has the ability to handle these boys but I can’t see a local man doing that.

"I'm capable of doing that but I am not interested because I want to focus on building the capacity of up and coming talents.

"If the disciplinary measure that was taken against Kotoko's Ahmed Toure by coach Maxwell Konadu was correct, then he's the man. We need people like this."

The Ghana FA says it will appoint a new coach in three weeks.


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