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.