The head of Communications at the Ghana Football Association Henry Asante Twum, has provided an update on the FA’s search for a new technical boss.
The country’s football governing body, is currently in search for a new Technical Director to replace veteran Ghanaian coach Francis Oti Akenteng.
Six persons, according to the FA, have been interviewed via video conferencing, one of which will be handed the job in the coming days.
Three out of the six were Ghanaians with the other three being expatriates.
Giving an update on Kumasi-based Hello FM on the appointment of the yet to be announced Technical Director, Henry Asante said ”We have already done the interview after we released the shortlisted names. Where we have reached now who ever we choose to settle on, there will be negotiations, and a few things. I know the Technical Director role is of great importance to the Ghana FA,”
”Oti Akenteng’s legacy is remarkable and we have to get someone who is competent to continue. Ghanaians should give us a little time, talks are still ongoing for the appointment to be made public.
”’I don’t think race is an issue. Kofi Annan worked as UN Secretary so I don’t think race is an issue. First of all, you have to look at the competence of the person and what the person brings to the table. ”
”Secondly, where we are heading to and the kind of person who can help you reach there. Then again, the philosophy you want to use to run your football. So, there are a lot of factors the ExCo are looking at and I am happy a lot of the people who applied have worked in top top countries.
”Even the Ghanaians who applied have great knowledge in the game and have much experience, but we decided not to publish their names because they are attached and could have led to their sacking.
”I know the one that we will settle on will be someone who will help our game to progress,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, portions of the FA statement on the appointment of the new Technical Director in April said said “The new Technical Director will be responsible for the technical development and progress of the GFA.
The statement further stated that: “His responsibilities also include planning and executing a long-term view of how to continually raise standards and innovations both on and off the pitch and to ensure that the path from development teams, (junior national teams) to Ghana Men’s Senior Team (Black Stars) and Women’s Senior Team (Black Queens) are always integrated, learning is shared and the basic principles of how we play are integrated.”