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I turned down Olympics coaching job to build my own team — Attram

BY: Peter Sarbah
Godwin Attram
Godwin Attram

Former Accra Great Olympics stop-gap coach, Godwin Attram, has reveled that he turned down an offer to join the technical team of his former club in oder to focus on building his team in the Division One League.


According to the 41-year-old former Ghana international, even though the Olympics wanted him to be part of their technical team this season, he turned down the offer because his focus now was to help build his team and groom players.

He admitted that even though he was not ready to take up any position in the club, he was willing to make his expertise available at their disposal.

“When they were looking for assistant coach before Yaw Preko was picked, Oloboi Commodore [Olympics CEO] spoke to me and because I was occupied, I turned down that job,” he said.

Attram, who played for the Wonder Club between 1996 and 1998 aheaed of a professional career in Europe and later as a player-coach at the twilinght of his career five years ago, said inasmuch as Olympics was dear to his heart, returning to the technical team was out of his plans now.

“Olympics has always been dear to my heart and I support them.

“Now, I’m coaching my own club. I’m coaching the academy (Attram De Visser) and also the Division One club (Accra City Stars) so my mind and focus is there, but sometimes I really do talk to the CEO, Oloboi Commodore, about happenings in the club.

“But honestly this year, I haven’t had the time to go there or even watch their matches; I only watched their game against Hearts of Oak,” said attram who was a caretaker coach of Olympics in 2017 and returned last year as an assistant coach.

A former Black Stars midfielder, Attram attributed Ghana's qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was a result of the change in the technical direction of the team after their disastrous Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign in Cameroun. He said te reconstitution of the technical team for the qualification playoff against Nigeria had proved worthwhile because the national team looked completely different from what it used to be few months ago.

“The changing of the coaching aspect has helped the nation a lot because in football, we have a period of time in life. If you talk of the AFCON, there were so many errors but if you see these three coaches, you can see the team work very well and you can see they have added a lot to the team," he said Attram whose playing career took him to the Netherlands, Tunisia, Denmark, Omnan, UAE and Saudi Arabia.