Incoming Ghana coach Avram Grant has prioritized youth development

Would-be Ghana coach Avram Grant has promised to develop football from the grassroots, this is according the technical directorate of the Ghana Football Association Francis Oti Akenteng.

The Ghana FA is expected to announce his appointment after an Executive Committee meeting on Thursday.

Avram’s vision of developing young talents through an academy system has excited his employers.

‘‘I was happy Grant said he would help build an academy and develop football from the grass roots. The technical committee at the GFA could totally relate to that dream because our focus is to develop youth football,” Akenteng is quoted by the Ghana News Agency.

Grant will be handed a two-year contract and will the lead the team at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea.

Akenteng added that the former Chelsea manager should not be pressurised into winning the AFCON title.

‘‘We should not put a lot of pressure on him to win the Nations Cup next year. There is always a target when you employ someone but in this case, he is new to the team, to the continent and the time is very short to set him that target,” he added.

“Grant will not even have the opportunity of getting to know his team by playing in an international friendly since the qualifiers are already over. I suggest we allow him to work gradually to the destination he hope to take us without the pressure of winning the AFCON as such short notice.

“His track record indicates he is excellent at managing players, which seem to be our bane over the years. Once he wins that battle with our support, we should be ready to earn positive results.”