Baffoe gives thumbs-up to African coaches


The retired footballer, in an exclusive talk with Kick Off in Accra recently, said, “No doubt, coaches like Austin Eguavoen and Samson Siasia from Nigeria, Wabi Gomez from of Benin, Stephen Keshi of Togo, Olivera Goncalves of Angola and until recently, Kalusha Bwalya of Zambia have all etched their names in the sands of time when you talk of African football.

“It is a thing of joy and respect for the indigenous African coaches to have held out against the foreign nationals.”

He condemned the practice of some national associations who suddenly lose interest in the indigenous coaches that helped their national teams qualify for major tournaments to pitch tent with foreign coaches stressing.

“It beats my imagination to think that an indigenous coach that qualifies a team for a major tournament could be pushed aside for a foreign coach that knows little or nothing about how the team got to where it was.

“I just hope that African national football associations that are involved in this kind of actions would rescind it. Instead of encouraging the indigenous coaches to attain greater heights they are killing their morale.

“If foreign coaches could earn as much as R400 000 a month while the indigenous coach takes home something in the range of one tenth of that, it amounts to gross injustice to the indigenous coach.

“The Federations can do the local coaches a lot of good by improving on the take home pay of the indigenous coaches while using the huge balance to send them on refresher courses,” Baffoe added.

On the chances of Ghana in the coming African Cup of Nations taking place in four Ghanaian cities from January 20 through February 10, Baffoe said, “We have a team that can win the Cup for Ghana a fifth time.

“The players are very determined to do the nation proud and no country can stop us from emerging champions of Africa come next year though it won’t come easy.”