Coach Boadu: It’s challenging putting new team together

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Samuel Boadu
Samuel Boadu

Newly-appointed national Under-15 boys’ team coach, Samuel Boadu, has admitted the challenging task ahead in scouting across the country in search for talents to build his team.

The coach who penned a year’s contract to handle the juvenile side has less than two weeks to put together a team to play in their West Africa Football Union championship in Burkina Faso from December 8 to 20 this year.

Speaking exclusively to the Graphic Sports Online in an interview on Tuesday, the coach confirmed that he had been handed the job but the limited time to assemble the best talent was the only challenge but that notwithstanding he promised to recruit the best of talents to constitute the team.

“Yes, I have been given the job recently, I was given one year contract to be the coach of the national U-15 boys’ football team.

“My job is to tour the whole country within one and half week to select good players to form the national team to compete in an upcoming WAFU tournament in Burkina Faso," Coach Boadu told the Graphic Sports Online via telephone.

Nationwide tour
Boadu who handles premier league side, Medeams SC, was confident of combing the entire country to get the expected quality players who would further be groomed and promoted to the national Under-17 team.

“As i speak with you I am done with that of Cape Coast and I am heading to Tarkoradi for the Western Region session today. Later I will move to Kumasi on Thursday, Sunyani on Friday, Tamale on Saturday and Bolgatanga on Sunday before coming down to Koforidua and the southern other sectors.

“My assistant (Coach Kobby Mensah of Samatex) would also be touring the other parts of the northern region," he said.

In order to get more players participating Coach Boadu said announcement had been made in the various regions to inform qualified players and the venue adding that he was sure interested players would surely throng the various destinations to be scouted.

Challenges
Although he considered the opportunity to be handed a national team job to select the first ever national Under-15 players as a privilege, the Medeama coach envisaged tough task which he is determined to surmount.

"The timing of the whole process is not too right, it has put pressure on me but i will work hard to bring to the fore the best players among the lot," Coach Boadu remarked.