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Ghana Premier League coaches urged to embrace youth development

Black Satelittes coach Desmond Ofei, has issued a clarion call to  Ghana Premier League coaches to place their trust in the nation’s youth.

Ofei, who recently guided Ghana’s U20 men’s team to a remarkable gold medal at the African Games, is determined to foster an environment where young players are afforded first-team opportunities at the earliest possible stage.

Drawing inspiration from his recent triumph, Ofei, who also serves as the Director of Coaching Education for the Ghana Football Association, is steadfast in his mission to establish a tradition of nurturing the next generation of talent.


“I hope that the club owners and the coaches also have more faith in the youth, because the youth is the future,” he implored the assembled coaches. “But I respect the league, I love the league, I love watching the Ghana Premier League,” Desmond Ofei told 3Sports.

With esteemed veteran coaches such as Bashiru Hayford, Karim Zito, and Kassim Mingle, renowned for their expertise in youth development, at the helm of clubs in the topflight, Ofei is brimming with optimism about the promise the future holds.

“I understand the pressure to win. But there’s a lot of room for improvement, which is fantastic, so a huge potential, and we are also working in the background really hard to help the clubs achieve or get into Africa,” he added.

Ofei pointed to the remarkable strides made by Dreams FC as a shining example, commending their “fantastic and incredible job.” He expressed his fervent desire to see all Ghanaian teams competing on the continental stage, both in the Champions League and the Confederations Cup. “We will get there,” he declared resolutely.

While acknowledging the challenges of changing deep-rooted mentalities, Desmond Ofei remains unwavering in his conviction that embracing youth development will yield visible success on the continental stage if implemented wholeheartedly.

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