Kwesi Paa has one year to build castles

By Clive Kyazze

World over, a youthful sports project is looked at as one that should develop, nurture and bring the best out of the budding talents. That comes with a lot of investment and patience to achieve.

Those who have gone with that route have without a doubt enjoyed the fruits of their sweat and the results are visible for everyone to see.

Uganda almost took that path when FUFA hired former Ghana U17 coach Samuel Kwesi Paa Fabin as the new head coach of the Ugandan Cubs (U17) and Hippos (U20) to work with Jackson Magera and Hamza Lutalo as his assistants.

Ghanaian journalist Sheikh Tophic Sienu describes Kwesi has one that can add value if given time. “He is a good coach in Ghana but works well when there is time. In a short period, he may struggle,” the www.footballmadeinghana.com editor told www.football-256.com.

In references to Tophic’s comments, Kwesi was quick not to raise the hopes of anyone thinking he comes with instant results.

“I have worked with the youth for a long time and it requires a lot of patience. They are young and will be making mistakes but you need to be patient and get the best out of them,” he said at his official unveiling on Wednesday.

Kwesi won’t have the time he needs, his immediate task is preparing the Cubs for the U17 Africa Cup Nations finals in Tanzania next month which also doubles as the FIFA U17 World Cup qualifiers.

Probably that explains his one year contract, ‘prove yourself first then get a better deal.’ But for the short term goal, maybe he can do the magic, Kwesi has been at the African competition (twice) with Ghana.

From L-R, FUFA President Moses Magogo, new U17 and U20 coach Samuel Kwesi Paa Fabi and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson during the press conference on Wednesday at Mengo | Bata Image

The last one being the 2017 edition in Gabon, coming second and finishing in the top eight at the World Cup in India later that year.

According to another Ghanaian football journalist, Nuhu Adams, “Kwesi is a very good coach who has helped so many players realize their talents and potentials.”

Black Stars’ players in Emmanuel Boateng, Nicholas Opoku and Lawrence Ati Zigi are talents that were unearthed by Kwesi.

Ghana Premier league stars like Richard Senanu and Agymang Badu are some of those he promoted from lower league teams and now play for Asante Kotoko.

Kwesi has predominantly coached in Ghana, handling their biggest clubs in Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, he has also coached Hearts of Lions and Inter Allies.

He is famously remembered for resigning at Asante Kotoko because “Kotoko had planned to sack me by Monday (September 16, 2018) and I didn’t want a “sack” on my CV,” he told FOX FM in September last year.

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