Experienced coach, Sellas ‘Borbor’ Tetteh says football speaks no gender language and so his new responsibility as the Black Queens coach will be to bring his technical expertise to bear on the team to build a team capable of winning laurels. Last Monday, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) issued a statement on its website announcing that Tetteh had replaced Mas-Ud Didi Dramani as Queens coach.
Borbor’s appointment came along with that of Karim Zito as the new head coach for the Under-17 male side, Black Starlets, with Yaw Preko as his assistant, and Jimmy Cobblah heading for the Satellites top job to be assisted by Nuru Ahmed.
However, that statement was taken off the FA’s website yesterday and the Graphic Sports learnt it was because the Executive Committee of the GFA had not given the final approval while talks with, particularly, Borbor has also not concluded.
As he waits for the final decision, Borbor, who has no known association with women’s football, reluctantly told the Graphic Sports: “Football is a universal language. It is the same set of rules and regulations so that should not be a problem.
“I think it is more important to have the experience which I do. With regard to my knowing all the players, I frankly admit that I don’t but I think I have a capable assistant who will help very much in that regard. Once we get the players for the roles, we set to work on the technical bit. That is the most important,” Coach Tetteh said.
He admitted he was equally surprised at the early announcement of his appointment as he and the GFA were still in discussion over the job, since he had given out his demands and was awaiting feedback.
Borbor led the Black Satellites to world glory in 2009 and also to a fourth place finish at the 2013 World Championship in 2013 and also handled the Black Stars temporarily before leaving to handle the Sierra Leone male senior national team.
Currently, the former Rwanda and Sierra Leone coach is the technical director of Ghana Premier League side, Liberty Professionals.
Should the announcement stand, Tetteh will be the 11th coach to handle the Black Queens, since they were formed in the early 1990s following coaches such as Anthony Edusei (1993), Jones Ofosuhene (1997), Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie (1998-2000), Okoe Aryee (2000-2004), John Eshun (2004-2005), Isaac Paha (2005-2007), A.K Edusei (2008-2011), 2012 – 2014 – Kuuku Dadzie, Yusif Basigi (2014- 2016) and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani (2017).
Borbor’s first assignment will be to lead the Queens to the inaugural West African Football Nations (WAFU) campaign in Cote d’Ivoire from February 14 to February 26, to be followed by the preparations for the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which Ghana will be hosting in November.