Friday, February 27, 2009


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bechem Chelsea Football Club (FC), Mr Obed Nketiah, aka Nana Kwame has assured fans of the club that the team would return to its winning ways when the Glo premiership league resumes.
He has therefore urged supporters of the club to exercise restrain, bury their differences and rally solidly behind the team, since the board and management had put in place measures to raise the team’s performance in the elite division.
Nana Kwame who gave the assurance in an interview with the Graphic Sports in Sunyani said the club which has “The Blues, the Winners” as its slogan, would go all out to win the rest of its matches to survive the premiership and also occupy a respectable position on the league table.
The CEO who was so optimistic about the future of the team said as a first step, the technical director of the club, Mr Peter Dlbessch, the newly signed Dutch expatriate has recommended that the 34 players currently in camp be pruned down to 25 before the league resumes.
He said the Dutchman has further recommended that the team should also train at least three times a week at their adopted Sunyani Coronation Park to ensure that the players became familiar with the pitch, while the technical bench also worked on the striking abilities of the players to ensure that the numerous chances that the team creates are utilised.
Nana Kwame disclosed further that to enhance the performance of the team, management had agreed to another recommendation made by the technical director to recruit five extra players to beef up the strength of the team in defence, midfield and attack.
Asked where the players would be recruited from, Mr Nketia said some of them would come from the premiership while others who ply their trade outside would be signed.
Pressed further to mention the names of those players that the team has targeted for recruitment for the second window of opportunity for registration of players, Nana Kwame said the club’s management was holding that close to their chest and would unveil them when the time comes.
He said the club’s management has also decided to drop at least two people from the eight-member technical team of the club as part of measures to enhance the fortunes of the club when the league resumes.
Asked to name the two officials who would be sacked when the league resumes, the CEO stated that “we are all here and we would see who comes back and those who would be sacked”.
On the issue of the Coronation Park not favouring the the team in the premier league ,so far, Nana Kwame believes evil forces could be employed to work against them. But was quick to add that in all cases, it was the performance of the team that matters most and not a home advantage.
“It is only in Ghana football that every home team wants to win its home match at all cost, but elsewhere like in England, the scenario is different, teams playing away are able to win”, he asserted.
The Chelsea boss said until the club built its own stadium at Bechem, it would continue to use the Sunyani Coronation Park as its home ground but stated that the management was going to embark on a massive membership drive to expand the team’s support base throughout the country.
Nana Kwame hoped that one of the Sunyani-based teams playing in the division one league would qualify and join them in the premiership saying, that the club would offer them the needed support to enable such a team qualify.
He said Bechem Chelsea would continue to maintain a healthy relationship with all clubs, especially those in the region.
Nana Kwame also called on indigenous businesses and companies in the region to sponsor teams in the region, saying that this was what was lacking in the region though there were so many of such businesses and companies in the region that have the capacity to do so but where not doing it.
Touching on officiating in the Premier League this season, Nana Kwame said so far it has been good and said when it came to ratings he would give them 70 to 80 per cent, adding that there was more room for improvement.

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