A former Ghana goalkeeper’s coach Edward Ansah has joined Indian side Churchill Brothers SC as the substantive manager.
Ansah, who was part of the Black Stars technical team at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups in Germany and South Africa respectively, retired with the Indian club in 2004.
“Edward was always loved by the club and now he returns as our coach. He has lot of coaching experience since he left the club and his arrival will surely give us an edge. We expect him to take charge of the team soon,” club owner Churchill Alemao told TOI on Wednesday.
Ansah, 56, is due to arrive in Goa in June to begin with player monitoring and recruitment.
The former Ghana goalkeeper replaces Romanian coach Petre Gigiu. Churchill Brothers were among the contenders for the I-League title last season but lost their way in the end, losing quite inexplicably against Shillong Lajong FC in an away game.
After his coaching stint with the Ghana national team where he worked with prominent coaches like Bukhard Ziesse, Mariano Baretto, Claude Le Roy, Milovan Rajevac and Goran Stevanovic, he took charge of clubs in Ghana and South Africa.
Ansah was an important player for Churchill Brothers, who he joined in 1999 and retired after five seasons with the club. During this time, Churchill Brothers – with two other Ghanaians Osumanu Hussein and Yakubu Yusif – came close to winning the National Football League (NFL), losing the concluding league clash against eventual winners Mohun Bagan at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, in 2003.
He is ranked among the great goalkeepers in Ghana and took to coaching after his retirement in 2004. He is the only player to have played for Ghana after a nine-year absence, losing his place in 1994 and then making a spectacular comeback in 2003, at the age of 40. Ansah won the silver medal with Ghana at the 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal.
Source: Daily Mail GH