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Sallas Tetteh

Sallas Tetteh

Sellas Tetteh, Head Coach of the current Under-20 World Champions, the Black Satellites, has praised his charges, saying, “I am so proud of this team.”

In his opinion, their splendid performance in the past few months, culminating in their victory over Brazil in the finals of the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt last Friday, was a sign of greater things to come.

“It is a reflection of what would happen in South Africa 2010.  It is so clear,” he emphasized.

The coach made the remarks at a maiden press conference of the U-20 World Champions, organized by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) at the plush MPlaza Hotel in Accra, where the team lodged after their arrival from Egypt.

When Sellas was introduced to the press and asked to make his submissions, he started off with the team’s slogan, “Kun Fa Yakun”, which is the Arabic words for “Let it happen and it happens”- Allah (God’s) catchphrase in the Quran for making things happen.

He mentioned that the team had the potential to turn the fortunes of the country in the years to come, adding that it was not easy for an African team to win three big international tournaments, namely WAFU, Africa and World Cup, without losing a single game.

On the allegations of bribery leveled against him by Ishmael Yartey, who was dropped from the final squad, the coach disclosed, “We wept at a meeting with the boys”, indicating that a lot of factors motivated the team to win the World Cup.

He added that he did not regret his choice of players for the tournament, singling out Andre Dede Ayew for praise.

“He has achieved what his father (Abedi Ayew Pele) couldn’t achieve, which is winning the World Cup.

“He is my commander on the field. Whatever I want the boys to do, I tell him, and he makes sure the instructions are carried out.”

The coach thanked other members of the technical team, playing body, team doctors and Ghanaians in general for their co-operation and support.

On his part, captain of the Black Satellites, Dede Ayew, thanked all who supported the team to win the trophy.

He revealed that the secret behind the team’s success was unity. “As players, we fought for each other to get to where we are today. Those on the bench were praying for those playing at all times.”

Dede Ayew praised Coach Sellas Tetteh and other members of the technical team for inculcating in the players a can-do attitude even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, which would help them throughout their careers.

Earlier, Chairman of the Satellites Management Team, Jordan Anagbla and President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, had taken turns to address the press conference, with the latter stressing that there was a progression plan for the Black Satellites to get them to fill the shoes of players of the senior national team, the Black Stars.

“At the 2014 World Cup, all of them will be there,” he added emphatically.

With regard to Sellas Tetteh, the GFA Boss said, “He is certainly an eligible candidate for the position of coach of the senior national team.”

The entire team embarked on a float through the principal streets of Accra after the press conference.     



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