Wednesday, June 03, 2009

'The Barrier' is back

For sometime now the man who could be accurately described as a legendary coach in Ghana, Jones Attuquayefio, has been suffering from ill health. In that time, his team has been vacillating between the middle and bottom of the Glo Premier League.

George Lamptey held the reigns but he simply could not do the job. Now the team has acted by appointing another man as coach. Ex-Ghana defender Isaac Acquaye has taken the place of Jones at Liberty Professionals.

At 53 years, his first job would be to help them out of the bad way that they find themselves in. They are 13th and we'ev got only nine matches left to play. In his playing days, he was called 'the Barrier'.

If his playing days at Accra Great Olympics taught him anything, it was discipline. And he says that is what he doesn't see in this Liberty team.

“What I saw during my two-day stay with the team is lack of discipline and team work.

“The boys have relaxed and the management and Jones Attuquayfio have given me the go ahead to make changes if the need be.

“I am happy to be here and confident we can beat the drop. There is no way we will go to relegation with God’s grace.

All this while, the man has been busy winning three domestic titles in Burkina Faso with Union Sportive Ouagadougou for six years. On coming back home, he took over Hasaacas but was not popular with the fans and had to quit.

Acquaye was also voted Coach of the Season in Burkina faso and has just returned from a coaching course.