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World Cup was platform to build winning team - Didi Dramani

BY: Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo
Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani
Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani

Black Stars Assistant Coach, Mas-Ud Didi Dramani, has described Ghana's participation in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup as a platform for learning in the process of creating success and building a strong winning team for the future.

According to him, the technical leadership of the team, which was anchored by Otto Addo, was very well structured with clear directions right from the two playoff matches against Nigeria in March.

Speaking to Daily Graphic yesterday in the aftermath of Ghana's exit from the ongoing FIFA World Cup last Friday, Coach Dramani noted that the highlight of the latest adventure was the experience gained by the entire team.

"The headline is the experience gained as a unit - the players, technical staff and the management - and this should be the foundation for the future to be successful," he disclosed.

"I will say the 2022 World Cup has been a platform for learning in the process of creating success and building a strong winning team.

"The technical leadership was very well structured with clear directions from the two games against Nigeria in the playoff till date," he stated.

He said based on the promise shown by Ghana's young team, which had only two players who had tasted the World cup before - the Ayew brothers - it was incumbent on the nation to believe in the process initiated by the technical team to help reach the desired goal.

"It is important for us to keep the trust in believing in the process with a strong alignment of the whole project.

"Getting everyone on board these processes is very key to think and practise established structures of the team," he explained.

Coach Dramani mentioned medical, human performance, building a strong player database, style of play, learning with reflection and establishing a team culture or the transitional process as the key areas which needed to be looked at going forward.

He revealed that though the performance of the team was satisfactory to the technical staff in many respects on a short-term basis, there were still many areas to improve upon in the process of building a winning team.

"That is why it’s important to emphasise the attribution of learning rather than focusing too much on performance in just short-term events," he stressed.

Contrary to the expectation of Ghanaians prior to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the Black Stars which was the youngest team at the tournament, held the whole world spellbound with some breathtaking displays which saw them losing 2-3 to Portugal while beating South Korea 3-2 and exiting at the group stage following a disappointing 0-2 defeat to their old foes, Uruguay.