Instilling confidence in players: Maxwell Konaduâ€
Posted on: Mon Mar 26, 2012
I love Coach Maxwell Konadu. I love him not because I am a Kotoko fan or because I am a journalist with Kotoko Express so logically with him as the coach of Kotoko, I would love him. My love for him stems from some scientific observation I have made of him.
For most of the coaches who have handled Kotoko in seven years, Coach Maxwell Konadu for me has demonstrated something I have rarely seen his predecessors do. It is the confidence and the patience he instills in players; how well he sticks to high performing players and in addition how well he introduces relatively new players into the team.
It is not as if all coaches that have come to Kotoko never showed the traits Coach Maxwell Konadu has shown in my opinion. Neither is it that the former coaches were poor nor had no clue as to how to manage players. The point is that Coach Maxwell Konadu has gone about the management of players especially with regard to selection of players with commendable finesse.
According tom my records, Maxwell Konadu has kept strong faith with seven players in 21 league matches. They are goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye, Yaw Frimpong, Abdul Baba Rahman, Ohene Brenya, Awal Mohammed, Michael Akuffu and Daniel Nii Adjei. I have noticed that the work rate of these players rises every week. Much as we ought to applaud these players for their constant hard work, it would be completely unfair to delink these players’ high performance from Coach Maxwell Konadu’s inputs – that is the kind of tactical instructions he gives to these players.
Other players have as well been doing their best but the point that does not escape me as a close observer of the Kotoko team is that in spite of the seemingly large number of players under Maxwell Konadu’s watch, he has had a fine way of managing them. Kotoko have more than 40 registered players but Maxwell Konadu has skillfully mastered the art of introducing the relatively new players into the team without destroying teamwork.
Maxwell Konadu is a good tactician but it is not every good tactician that manages players well.
His confidence-building work started with Michael Mensah, Michael Anaba, Richard Yeboah, Osei Kofi, Eric Akomaning Donkor, Prince Baffoe and lately the Burkinabe, Sacko Iddrissa. I saw these players when they first trained in Kumasi.
They looked jittery – almost lacking the temperament to play for Kotoko. As new players these players were faced with the big fight of finding a regular place in the team. They needed to fight for positions; they did and have still been doing that with the confidence Maxwell Konadu offers them. How the coach does his confidence-building work would be discussed in a later article but in discussing Kotoko’s continuous good performance, never forget the good inputs from the coach. I am really impressed with Konadu’s mode of operation.
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