Coach Sellas Tetteh says there should not be any problems for him taking charge of Ghana’s female senior national team, the Black Queens.
In what later turned out to be an ‘announcement-come-too-early’ via the Ghana FA website last Monday, a list of new managers to three of the country’s national teams revealed the experienced trainer has been marked as the replacement for Mas-Ud Didi Dramani who left the job for an offer in Denmark.
The publication was quickly taken off as the football governing body was still in negotiations with the coaches mentioned. Sellas Tetteh’s name came along with that of Karim Zito as the new head coach for the Under-17 male side, Black Starlets, with Yaw Preko as his assistant, and Jimmy Cobblah heading for the Satellites top job to be assisted by Nuru Ahmed.
As he waits to conclude terms, the 2009 Fifa U-20 World Cup-winning coach, who never handled a women’s team in the past, has full confidence in his abilities and will not shy away from a new challenge.
“Football is a universal language. It is the same set of rules and regulations so that should not be a problem.
“I think it is more important to have the experience which I do.
“With regard to my knowing all the players, I frankly admit that I don’t but I think I have a capable assistant (Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo) who will help very much in that regard.
“Once we get the players for the roles, we set to work on the technical bit. That is the most important,” Sellas Tetteh said in an interview with Graphic Sports.
Coach Tetteh, who has worked with Rwanda and Sierra Leone, has also handled all the age group national teams of Ghana as well as taking a stop-gap role at the Black Stars.
Should the announcement stand, Sellas Tetteh will be the 11th coach to handle the Black Queens, since they were formed in the early 1990s following coaches such as Anthony Edusei (1993), Jones Ofosuhene (1997), Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie (1998-2000), Okoe Aryee (2000-2004), John Eshun (2004-2005), Isaac Paha (2005-2007), A.K Edusei (2008-2011), 2012 – 2014 – Kuuku Dadzie, Yusif Basigi (2014- 2016) and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani (2017).
The Black Queens currently have two assignments this year – the maiden Wafu Women’s Championship in Ivory Coast and the 2018 Women’s Afcon to be hosted by the country later in November.