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OFFICIAL: Ghana Football DNA launched

The Ghana Football Association, after a relentless effort, has finally launched their Football Philosophy (DNA) which aims at redefining football from the grassroot level in the West African country.

Retired football players, former Ghanaian international players, coaches, football administrators, members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth, Sports, and Culture, and Ghana Football Association executives attended the event, which was held in the Africa Trade House Conference Room.

Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, president of the Ghana Football Association, was surrounded by Dr. Randy Abbey, Kingsley Osei Bonsu, and Fredrick Acheampong, members of the executive council.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Kwaku Agyenim Boateng (Berekum West Member of Parliament), led his Committee to the launch. They included, Hon. Boakye Yiadom (Member of Parliament, Akwatia), Hon. Daniel Ohene Darko (Member of Parliament, Upper Denkyira West), Eugene Boakye Antwi (Mewmber of Parliament, Subin), Hon. Alhassan Kobina Ghansah (Member of Parliament, Asikuma – Odoben – Brakwa).

Also in attendance were Technical Director Bernhard Lippert and a representative of the National Sports Authority Kwame Amponfi.

Others included Director of Coach Education Professor Joseph Kwame Mintah, Black Stars Assistant Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani and former Assistant Coach Maxwell Konadu.

Former Internationals, Alhaji Ibrahim Sunday, Tony Baffoe, Laryea Kinsgton, Richard Kingston, John Painstil, Godwin Attram, Yussif Chibsah, Karim Zito, Yaw Preko, Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo, Anita Wiredu Mintah, Jacob Nettey, and Ntow Gyan were all present.

The launch was also attended by Shaibu Tanko – Head Coach of Karela United, Christine Zigah, Referees Appointment Committee Chair, George Saijah – Chairman of the Referees Association of Ghana, former Asante Kotoko Coach Prosper Narteh-Ogum, Black Maidens Coach Baba Nuhu Mallam, Black Princesses coach Yussif Basigi, Coach Ken Augusts, Dauda Lutterodt and Hayee Yartey, President of Cheetah FC.

A study by the Technical Directorate and contributions from technocrats, national and club coaches (past and present), administrators, players, referees, supporters, coach instructors, coach educators, politicians, traditional authorities, women in football, and sports media personalities are all included in the Ghana Football Philosophy.

Moving ahead, Ghana Football’s coaching and playing philosophies will be guided by its DNA.

The Ghana Football philosophy outlines our style of play, current football trends, our strengths and shortcomings, as well as a strategy for how we intend to improve.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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