Experienced Ghanaian trainer Frimpong Manso sees nothing wrong with the Ghana Football Association appointing Bernhard Lippert as the country’s new Technical Director.
The Ghana Football Association on Monday announced the appointment of 58 year old German trainer Bernhard Lippert as the GFA Technical Director after a process which saw over one hundred coaches applying for the job with six technical personalities being shortlisted for interviews (three Ghanaian Coachs and three foreign coaches).
The position has been vacant after Coach Francis Oti Akenteng was relieved of his position.
Lippert was Head Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt between 1998-99 where he also served as Assistant coach, Youth Education Supervisor and Head Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt U23 at different occasions.
At Eintracht Frankfurt, he trained and developed over 20 players in the youth system of the club to become regular players in the Bundesliga.
His appointment has been strongly opposed by some local coaches with some describing it as disrespect to the local coaches, but according to Frimpong Manso, there’s is nothing wrong in appointing an expatriate as the Technical Director of the Association.
“We are leaving in a multi national society now and Ghana is not the only country to have appointed a white man as technical director, so nobody should feel bad or whatsoever because Ghanaian coaches are as well working elsewhere.
“There nothing wrong in appointing Bernhard Lippert as our technical director,” He told Nkunim FM in an interview.
Bernhard Lippert shall be required to build the capacity of the of Technical Directorate of the Association that will include but not limited to the following departments; Coach Education, Referee Education, Talent Identification, Performance Analysis, Technical Studies and Video Analysis, Health and Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning and Sports Medicine.
As part of his functions, the Technical Director will arrange courses and conferences for Match Officials, Team Officials, Instructors, Trainers and Administrators.
He is also expected to assess the training programe of the National Teams, examine Reports on players made by the Handlers (Team Managers, Coaches and the Welfare Officers), analyse International Matches and advise the Association.
By: Gbordzor Promise