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Konadu laments difficulty in raising strong team for CHAN qualifiers

The coach of Ghana’s home-based senior team, Maxwell Konadu, has bemoaned the difficulty in putting together a strong side for the upcoming Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifiers due to the absence of organised football in the country and, therefore, wants “competitive football to start now.”

According to the 46-year-old coach, monitoring players on the local scene has become a herculean task and he often has to resort to club friendly matches as the best way to scout for players and this has made his work very challenging.

“Football is everything. Some of us were born into it so we are worried we don’t play football in the country. Nothing official is going on and it is making our work difficult,” Konadu lamented in an interview with the Graphic Sports newspaper last Friday.

Konadu expressed his worry a day after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the pairings for the 2020 CHAN qualifiers, with Ghana pitted against Burkina Faso at a yet-to-be-announced date.

Coach Konadu, who guided the Black Stars B to win the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Cape Coast, lamented further that his hands were tied because of the uncertainty over the start of the qualifiers in order for him to effectively plan his preparations. It was in the light of the challenges in raising a strong side in readiness for the Burkina Faso encounter that the coach wants regular football started as soon as possible to get his players back into competitive form.

“Nothing is going on from where I sit because no date has been set yet [for the qualifiers] and there is no league going on,” he noted.

Since finishing as runners-up in the inaugural CHAN tournament in Cote d’Ivoire a decade ago, and in the 2014 competition in South Africa, Ghana have yet to excel in the continental competition reserved for players in their domestic leagues.

But the Ghanaian coach is determined to ensure his charges qualify for the CHAN and excel in the tournament in Ethiopia.

Konadu admitted though that he had spotted some talents, in addition to about 95 per cent of the team he took to Namibia for a friendly game there last year, as his core team for the qualifiers.

Source: GraphicSports

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