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GFA begins hiring processes to hire new Black Stars coach; appoints 5 member search team 

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced a new roadmap to hire the next head coach for the Black Stars following the dismissal of Chris Hughton as the coach of the Black Stars on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024.

They have therefore appointed a five-member search committee responsible for evaluating and recommending candidates to the Executive Council for approval.

The search committee will be chaired by GFA Vice President Mark Addo, Legal Practitioner and former lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, Ace Ankomah (Esq.), Professor Joseph Kwame Mintah (Director of Coaching Education of the GFA), Opoku Nti (Ghana football legend), and William Caesar Kartey (Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports).

The committee has been given a deadline of three weeks to recommend the next Black Stars coach to the Executive Council of the football governing body for approval.

To ensure transparency and thoroughness in the process, a detailed job description for the head coach position will be published shortly, the GFA said.

However, an abbreviated version of the criteria for the selection of the next head coach has been clearly stated:

According to the GFA, the qualified candidate for the role should possess the following qualities:

1. Be a proven winner in coaching top men’s national teams or club football.
2. Have a football philosophy that aligns or complements the GFA’s DNA.
3. Hold the highest football license in the world with over 15 years of coaching experience.
4. Have a proven track record in team reconstruction, organization, and development of young talent.
5. Possess strong disciplinary, tactical, and leadership skills.

The appointment of a new head coach is seen as a crucial step in rebuilding the Black Stars and restoring their reputation as one of Africa’s top football teams.

In a related development, the Sports Ministry has released a statement expressing huge disappointment over the Black Stars’ failure to progress from the group stage for the second consecutive time in the AFCON.

According to the Sports Ministry, there is a need to restructure Ghana’s football system, stating “This points to the urgent need for a comprehensive diagnosis and restructuring of Ghana football.”

It therefore assured that: “In the coming days, the Ministry, in consultation with national team stakeholders, will announce a strategic plan to identify the causes and the road map towards the revival of the Black Stars. We recognize the urgent necessity to address the underlying issues and are poised to embrace a holistic approach towards rebuilding and reviving our football. This is crucial and pertinent, not only for the Black Stars and the followers of Ghana football but also for every aspiring young Ghanaian footballer.” The statement read.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Pius Asack|Ghana

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