Black Stars goalkeepers coach, Nasam Yakubu believes hard work is all but everything he requires to prove his worth in his new club appointment as the goalkeepers trainer for Accra Hearts of Oak.
Nasam agreed a two year deal with the Phobians last Thursday after spending six years in the same capacity with Tarkwa based Medeama SC. He joined assistant coach of the national U-20 male team, Yaw Preko and Japanese-American, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, both of whom have been appointed as assistant and head coaches respectively in the newly constituted technical team.
Nasam said goodbye to Medeama after his long years of service with the Yellow and Mauves. One of such reasons is the calls he received from former chairman of Hearts, Thomas Okine, who now is a traditional ruler and known as Gbesey Mantse.
“Part of the reason is personal and part to is as a result of trying to see how competitive other places are to give myself a new challenge. Well is a big challenge,it’s very big and one has to work harder. It’s not going to be anything different but just that I have to work harder to make my presence felt there” he reckoned.
Nasam, a degree holder in Physical Education from the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana and CAF License A says the day to day opportunity club coaching offers is good for him to make impact on local based goalkeepers with his seven years of successive national team experiences through to his running duties in the Black Stars.
“Coaching a club side is different from a national team so bringing down what I have from the national team to Heart is something different they are going to experience,” he said.
“The simple thing is that you have the goalkeepers all week and season for yourself in the club side but the national team is short time but very intensive because you are dealing with experience ones who are keeping for big clubs and from Europe,” Nasam Yakubu explained.
The Hearts of Oak fans are huge in number and fierce in their support or otherwise of their team and are a very influential force to the success or demise of the Rainbow club. Nasam’s guide to getting the fans’ support is to simply do a good job.
“We need them. The only thing to please them is to work well and those who are very critical and objective will know whatever is happening either is the fault of the coaching or the person performing. So that one you just have to do your work well and that will talk for you.” the new Hearts goalkeepers’ trainer stated.