The Director of Operations of Aduana Stars Football Club (FC), Mr George Gyawu, has atributed the first home defeat of Aduana Stars, league champions at the hands of Kpando-based Heart of Lions in their GHALCA Top 4 match at the Nana Agyeman Badu Park at Dormaa-Ahenkro on Sunday, to the limited time the Head Coach of the team, Mr. Herbert Addo, spends with it.
According to him, Coach Addo’s time is so limited that he was hardly seen at the training sessions of the team to help blend the new signings with the old players. This had been the bane of the poor showings of the champoin club in the just-ended GHALCA Top 4 competition.
Mr Gyawu, who expressed this view in a post-match interview with the Graphic Sports added that the reason why the coach had had limited time for the team might be due to his national assignment as coach of the local Black Stars.
Coach Addo was not in charge of affairs when Lions defeated Aduana Stars 2-1 at their own backyard at Dormaa-Ahenkro on Sunday. The venue has been a fortress ever since Aduana were promoted to the eleite Division.
Mr. Gyawu was quick to add that he was not implying that Coach Addo’s Assistant, Ben Zola who stood in for him when the team tasted their first home defeat was not a good coach, saying “ Assistant Coach Zola is good as any coach and he is also competent, that is why he was signed on by the club. But it’sjust that things did not go on well for him getting to last 15 minutes of the game”.
He stated further that as at the time of the match, coach Addo was also attending a coaches course in Accra and had been away for the past week, coupled with the limited time he spent with the team that has affected their play.
Subsequently, he said, the management of the team had scheduled a meeting yesterday to discuss the issue and come out with conditions that would make the coach at least spend some quality time with the team vis-a-vis national assignments.
“I am not saying he should not coach the local national team, but he should devise means or a strategy that would enable him to have time for Aduana as well”, he said.
Mr Gyawu stated another problem worth mentioning was that the team had made some new singnings and it was not the same team that won the league that featured in the GHALCA Top 4, saying it would take some time before the new players adapt to Aduana’s style of play.
The Aduana Director of Operations, therefore, assured their numerous fans that the team would bounce back to its winning ways before the start of the upcoming season as well as in the CAF Champoins League, noting there was no cause for alarm.
To ensure that the team was in top form, Mr Gyawu said the owner and bank roller of Aduana, Osagyefo Oseedeyo Agyeman Badu II, the Dormaahene would soon roll out a programme to ensure the high performance of the team.