Avram Grant must stay in Ghana – New sports minister

Avram Grant must stay in Ghana – New sports minister

- Avram Grant has persistently been travelling outside Ghana

- Many Ghanaians have decried the continued stay outside the country by the Israeli trainer

- New Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye has expressed his willingness to urge the coach to stay more in Ghana

- Grant has only held a meeting once with the coaches in the Premier league at the Alisa Hotel in Accra since taking over the Black Stars job in November 2014

Avram Grant must stay in Ghana – New sports minister

Nii Lante Vanderpuye

Ghana’s new sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye has told Starr FM that he will compel Black Stars Israeli trainer, Avram Grant to stay in the country and work from Accra as his base.

The former Chelsea coach has been criticized by many Ghanaians of his persistent travels outside the country under the guise of monitoring players abroad.

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This according to many has been detrimental to the local league as a whole where local players are not given the opportunity to get into the national team, the Black Stars.

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, a former sports commentator says the Israeli manager will be forced to stay in the country to monitor players in the local league and share ideas with coaches in the local game.

Grant held a meeting with the coaches in the Premier league last November at the Alisa Hotel in Accra since taking over the Black Stars job in November 2014.

His meeting with the coaches is seen by his critics as not being enough and that the coach might have been compelled to organize the Alisa meeting after the hue and cry of the football populace.

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The new Sports Minister who took over from Dr Mustapha Ahmed has thus been prompted to come up with measures to prevent the Israeli coach from his persistent travellings abroad.

He also re-echoed his belief in the capabilities of the local coaches when he said:

“It is my conviction that our local coaches have the ability to excel and do better than the foreign coaches.

"We have a foreign coach now. I don’t have a problem with Avram Grant. I think he is a wonderful coach but I am going to insist that he spends lot more of his time in Ghana to transfer knowledge and technical know-how to our coaches to build them up," Nii emphasized.

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