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Soccer News of Friday, 23 October 2015


Michael Osei delighted with son's progress

Michael Osei and Jnr. Michael Osei and Jnr.

That has usually been the story of ex-footballers. They hang their boots normally after an illustrious career and take to coaching. Whether or not they become successful coaches, the next thing you hear is that, their kids – the boys – of course have followed their footsteps.

Many examples abound across the world of sons of ex-footballers following their father’s example. In Ghana, the most notable story is that of “The Maestro” – Abedi Ayew Pele and his children – Andre Dede and Jordan Ayew.

Dede and Jordan Ayew may not have yet shown anything akin to the stuff their dad produced but the fact that they are playing in arguably the most competitive league in the world is ample testimony of how good they have come in their quest to be like their father.

Well, another book on Ghanaian ex-footballers having their sons play football is being written in Frankfurt, Germany. In no time, the full story will be told.

Now it’s the incomplete yet enthralling story of ex-Kotoko player and now coach, Michael Osei, whose 17-year-old son, Michael Osei Jnr. is steadily lacing his boots to perhaps do better than what his dad did.

Michael Osei Jnr. currently plays for German U-19 side, Ashaffenburg. Recently, there was enormous joy for his dad when after completing his intensive refresher coaching course, he found time to watch him in a game. Michael Osei Snr. was moved by the display of his son.

The Kotoko assistant coach, who has been in Germany for nearly a month, told me a captivating story of how he wants to be an excellent coach soon and also wishes to see his lovely, young, talented son transformed into a super football star.

“I visited him after my programme ended. I watched him play as well. It was exciting thinking about my experience and the path the youngster has taken” said Michael Osei. “It’s my expectation to excel in this profession. I hope to come back here often since football is changing so fast. To learn that, my son is always doing well means there’s so much promise for him and myself”.

Before returning to Ghana, Michael Osei was in Germany for almost two decades – initially playing professional football and subsequently diverting into coaching. He coached German lower division side, Offenbach Kickers and after sometime, packed back home to share his knowledge and experience.

“It has since been a worthy decision to return home” he said. “I have worked with three experienced coaches. Talk of Anthony Commey of Edubiase, Mas-ud Didi Dramani and presently David Duncan. I’m not done yet but I’m grateful to these coaches. I’ve and I’m still learning a lot in the game” said the affable coach.