Grant must not stay in Europe, says Koufie

Former Ghana Football Association president Ben Kuofie has reiterated that Black Stars coach Avram Grant must stay in the country in order to work effectively.

Koufie, 83, was part of the panel that interviewed Grant for the vacant position in 2014. He is the latest to add to concerns raised by local fans and the media over the former Chelsea boss’ persistent stay abroad in the name of monitoring foreign-based Ghanaian players at ‘the expense of the local topflight.’

“It’s wrong for Avram Grant to stay outside Ghana and work. He’s a national team coach and must help in developing football in the country,” Koufie told Takoradi-based Radio 360.

“This development can be done only if he stays here and sees what’s going on in the local league but [for him] to say that our league is useless and all the top players are in Europe so he will stay in there, that wasn’t the arrangement the football association had with him.

“I remember very well that when he was being interviewed. I asked him Avram Grant whether he would stay here or he was going to stay in Europe, and Avram Grant said he was going to stay in Ghana and would even help in the development of local coaches as well as clubs. It is wrong,” he added.

Ghana FA wrote to Grant earlier this week to halt all his schedules in Europe and return to the country as soon as possible.

Ghana take on Mozambique in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header in March with the first leg slated for March 22 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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