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Soccer News of Tuesday, 20 May 2014


Ghana football looks beyond World Cup – Nyantakyi

Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has indicated that managers of the local game plan growing Ghana football beyond World Cup qualification. The Black Stars are playing their third consecutive World Cup finals in Brazil next month with each qualification hugely celebrated nationwide.

However, he says that should no longer serve as sufficient motivation.

The ultimate destination, after making the World Cup a normal thing, is to build a solid foundation for football in Ghana – “build a strong basis in coaching, refereeing, sports medicine and youth football so that our qualification would not be a nine-day wonder.”

Kwesi Nyantakyi who broached the grand agenda in an interview with Joy Sports’ Nathaniel Attoh on Monday evening, said the desire was for a sustainable process for World Cup qualification, “so it will become a normal thing for us to qualify to the World Cup.

“Prior to 2006 we never got there so it was big news for us to go to the World Cup. Now how do you sustain that momentum of qualifying to the World Cup is what you should look at. You must have a strong youth system that will support the regeneration of football talents into the senior team that will ensure that you qualify to subsequent World Cups so that Ghana goes to the next World Cup in Russia, the next World Cup in Qatar and the next World Cup after that wherever it is,” he said.

The Black Stars regroup Tuesday to begin final preparations for the Brazil World Cup, and according to Nyantakyi, each of the provisional 26-man squad is a candidate for missing the boat to Brazil, a point the managers intend to impress upon the team in a Tuesday meeting.

“And then we will try and manage their expectations that look, if you are dropped from the 23 that is not the end of the journey. Maybe the person is a young player we will tell the person you have the future ahead, if the person is an old player, maybe you’ve had your chance, and if you are out this time, you shouldn’t worry because in the past some others gave way to you to hit the lime light.”

Nyantakyi also discussed varying football topics, including his dual role as Chairman of the Black Stars management team and FA presidency, the Black Stars and money as well as discipline in camp.