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Sports News of Wednesday, 23 November 2016


I am ready to coach the Black Stars - Augustine Arhinful

Former Black Stars striker Augustine Arhinful says he is ready to coach the Black Stars amid calls for current trainer Avram Grant to be sacked.

Arhinful insists he has the requisite coaching qualifications and an illustrious playing career with the senior national team which will make him a natural fit for the role.

“You just have to belief in the person to do the job. For me, that is how I see it. But it looks like in our part of the world, we don’t have that trust, so we will always be going into this argument of whether an ex-Black Stars player can do it or not. But for me personally, I always say it’s not about experience’’. Arhinful told Accra-based Kasapa FM.

When asked about experience in coaching, Arhinful said “What is experience? If you don’t give me the opportunity, how will you know if I can do it or not? I believe since we have played on the pitch before we can also do a good job.”

“For me, I have a license A in coaching, so I don’t necessarily have to be with a team before you give me the national team job. With the knowledge I have acquired as a footballer, whether I have coached before or not, if I am not able to coach the U-17 team (Black starlets) then I have to stop talking about football,” he concluded.

The former Black Stars striker played with Turkish giants Ankaragucu and Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Ligue.