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After our through the lens episodes with both Bevis Mugabi (podcast episode), and then Marçal Trulls (podcast episode) I began thinking. Sorry I didn’t give any pretext. Context for the next few minutes of your attention.

In episode 30 of our podcast. Bevis Mugabi of Motherwell and Uganda discussed the difficulties of talented players in Ugandaplaying in their domestic league. Not having the level of client care, opportunities, or support someone like himself has been afforded.

Then fast forward a few episodes Marçal Trulls spoke on some remarkable key indicators if you don’t mind me saying (Marçal’s points on the podcast)! As to the success of the Spanish national team. The federation. He spoke on Spain having players at their disposable, young talent wanting to participate in programes. ✅ Ghana tick that box. And a time where kids went out to play even after training. ✅ Ghana tick that box. That still happens! That was point 1 & 2. Point 4 was influence/inspiration. From the likes of Cryuff to now Pep Guardiola. There’s been some incredible success stories in Ghana! Coaches of the likes of Charles Gyamfi and Sellas Tetteh. Who led Ghana to their 1st Youth World Championship in 1995.

But what Marçal was referring to was to in point 4 was, philosophy. ❌ I don’t think I can tick that box. Important as it is, I want to highlight point 3 from Marçal (see below).

From an article written in 2019, Ghana have 150 CAF A Licensed coaches. But in reference to Marçal points, Spain have approximately 2,769 Pro-licensed coaches. The most in Europe/the World. A difference of a 2,619 coaches. He pointed at that being the difference in their success. The education in mass of their players.

In the pandemic, in football and across all industries, we’ve seen a rise in use of programs and new technology. Some what new to me! Performance analysis and scouting from home. All on the increase!

I’m very familiar with football. But I recently saw a stat referred to as xG. What is that I thought? It stands for expected goals. Very fancy!

With stats to support a player’s development, identify a player, and increase his value. It supports his or hers avenue and possible routes.

With the technology and stats readily available as Championship Manager. Ghanaian players would be laughing. In Ghana, if you’re talented, there’s equally as much opportunities as there routes out the nearest international airport. With scouts and clubs looking for next would be could be star. With youth international tournaments marking a huge opportunity for some.

I’ve crossed many subjects in this brief article. Coaches and technology. With performance analysis and scouting sitting under the latter. Programs and software too. We forget! The majority of world football trained at home during this pandemic. Which is where I’ll sign out today. With the need to embrace technology at the tip of your fingertips. With your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone.

Yes, you! Question at the back. “How do we tell or encourage people to use technology”

We must educate people it adds value!

Oh! We can’t sign out just yet. Our compatriots. Or your favourite 2nd team, the Ghana Satellites (U20) are on AFCON duty in Mauritius, hoping to end our spell without success at that level. With  clubs looking for next would be could be star. The eyes of world football will be watching. It marks a huge opportunity.

Full squad: William Emmanuel Essu, Philomo Baffour, Benjamin Aloma, Nathaniel Adjei, Frank Kwabena Assinki, Emmanuel Essiam, Mathew Cudjoe Anim, Sampson Agyapong, Percious Boah, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Mohammed Sulemana, David Kudjo, Patrick Mensah, Ivan Anokye Mensah, Ofori McCarthy, Appiah Kubi, Eric Ansu Appiah, Samuel Koshie Agbenyega, Danlad Ibrahim, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Samuel Abbey-Ashie Quaye, Frank Boateng, Emmanuel Agyemang Duah, Uzair Alhassan, Joselpho Barnes, James Ampofo.

Following an impressive victory against Tanzania. And a goalless draw against Morocco. Ghana fell to defeat against Gamboa. And so, Ghana slipped through the back door into the quarterfinals to play Cameroon.

With fait in there hands. We wish them well for the remaining weeks in the tournament.

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Written by Andrew Mensah-Twumasi @andrewmensahjr (IG/Twitter)



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