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Soccer News of Tuesday, 23 October 2001

Source: Graphic Sports

Kwasi Owusu eyes coaching

FORMER captain of the national soccer team, Kwasi Owusu, who has been struggling to make a living by writing lotto in a small kiosk at Sunyani says he wants to leave the lotto writing business and enter into serious coaching.

But, his major problem is that he does not have any formal training in coaching, even though he believes that he can do the job satisfactorily without any formal training.

In a rather moving exclusive interview with the Graphic Sports, Kwasi Owusu, who described himself as one of the greatest all-time strikers of the Black Stars, expressed regret about his present state of affairs, taking into consideration the selfless services he rendered to his nation, which went a long way in catapulting the country's soccer to greater heights.

He stated that in a country where people think one cannot be a good coach without having a formal training, it is always difficult for even people like himself who made a name in football to get any good club to coach.

Affectionately called ‘Powerhouse’ in his playing days for carrying a strong physical build-up and powerful shots in his legs, life cannot be said to be going smooth for Owusu, a man whose contribution to the development of Ghana soccer should be written in letters of gold.

Owusu who played for the Black Stars from 1967 to 1976, captaining the team in the last three years (1973-1976) said "it is regrettable, the erroneous belief in Ghana that it is only people who have had formal training in coaching who can do the job better".

He said even in the powerful football nations, this is not the case.

According to the former national captain, people like him who excelled in their playing days could easily take on coaching without any formal training.

"It is done everywhere apart from Ghana", he said.

He urged the football public to just look through Ghanaian coaches both present and old and see whether those who were not footballers but had formal training in coaching had performed better than those who were footballers but who had no formal training in coaching.

He commended the chairman of the FA, Mr. Ben Koufie for the good work he is doing to bring Ghana football to where it belonged.

He called on the football public to give total support to Mr. Koufie and the FA as they strive to move Ghana football forward.

Mr. Owusu, who says he had not watched any premier division match at the Sunyani Coronation Park for about eight years running explained that the football being played today do not attract him to the stadium.

On whether he would return to Bofoakwa to coach if given the chance by the management of Ebo Mends, Mr. Owusu said he respects Mr. Ebo Mends as a good administrator but he does not have any plans to coach Bofoakwa.

Meanwhile, Mr. Owusu has received a set of jersey valued at about ?2 million on behalf of the Brong Ahafo Old Players Association.

The jersey was presented to the association by Mr. Kwame Kyeremeh, a member of the association now domiciled in Germany.

Mr. Owusu thanked the donor for the gesture.