“It is unprofessional for anyone to tell a coach to recruit a player and field him in a game” – former GFA boss, Kwasi Nyantakyi talks of inference in coaching

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Erstwhile President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwasi Nyantakyi has stated that it is unprofessional for anyone to interfere into the works of a coach.

The former Wa All Stars, now Legon Cities bankroller was speaking on a show organized by GTV Sports plus for past Ghana FA presidents and dubbed “Saving our passion”.

“It is very important for us to know that coaches are professionals just like any other professional you may engage to work for you, a surveyor, an architect, a teacher, an engineer or even a doctor,” Kwasi Nyantakyi said.

“And when you employ any of them you do not tell the person how to do the work because once the person is certificated to do the work it is presumed that he has deep knowledge and experience in the work and can perform satisfactorily to achieve the set objectives

“So it is unprofessional for anyone to tell a coach to recruit a player and field him in a game, however, there is nothing wrong for anybody to suggest that a certain player is good and that the coach should look at him but it is wrong for a management committee to allocate to themselves players per member in the team

“The final decision should always rest with the coach and anything that compromises his independence and decision making is interference and must be resisted,” he added.

The talks of interference comes in following the Black Stars’ disastrous showdown at the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON). President of the Ghana FA, Kurt Okraku has been accused of influencing player selection in the team and that contributed to the team’s failure in Cameroon.

Reacting to the reports, Kurt Okraku said: “First of all, It is so disrespectful not only to my leadership but to at least the leadership of the EXCO, which is made up of individuals with independent opinion and also disrespectful to coach Milovan and the rest of the technical team,” Kurt Okraku told Kessben FM in an interview.

“Who belongs to Kurt Okraku, U mean who, Kurt Okraku is an investor in Ghana football. I have football clubs and it’s possible some of my players would be of higher quality and it’s that they have higher quality and attract the attention of any of the technical teams so be it.

“They are all Ghanaians so the fact that Kurt is the FA president should not deprive or deny any player of Dreams FC to be looked at by the National team selectors or to serve their country. It’s unfair, every player who represented Ghana at the AFCON deserved to be there and that is why the coach chose them,” Kurt Okraku said.

Kurt Okraku is not the only FA president to be accused of interfering in player selection in national teams. Kwasi Nyantakyi, who’s Ghana’s longest serving FA president was also accused of doing so during his time in office (2005-2018).

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