Kotoko new coach speaks out
Posted on: Thu Jun 28, 2012
Incoming head coach of Asante Kotoko, Dramani Mas-ud Didi, has told management and members of the technical team of Kotoko he would consolidate the gains Kotoko made in the 2011/12 league season.
The coach took advantage of his visit to Kumasi on a CAF/GFA coaching workshop assignment to visit the Executive Chairman of Asante Kotoko SC, Dr. K.K. Sarpong.
Anticipating a two man meeting with Dr. Sarpong, the coach said he was pleasantly surprised to meet the whole compliment of the Kotoko technical team who had joined the Executive chairman to host him to a surprise dinner reception.
Taking the floor after a speech by Dr. Sarpong, Coach Dramani Mas-ud Didi, who has been christened Didi ‘Mourinho’ by Dr. Sarpong, expressed his surprise at the surprise Kotoko has pulled on him by that dinner reception.
“When I came to Kumasi as a result of the CAF/GFA assignment, I called Dr. Sarpong to let him know that I was in the city and he invited me for a dinner, but I least expected that it was going to be such a beautiful occasion. I have been pleasantly surprised
“I have indeed been offered the Kotoko coaching job and we have agreed on the details. What is left is for us to seal the arrangement with a contract. Whilst I look forward to a great working relationship when I come, I want to let you in on what we would be doing as a technical team. We will at all times be a united family with the success of the club as our cardinal principle.
“On my part, what I will be seeking to do will be to consolidate the gains of Kotoko in the premier league and beyond”.
In a chat with Kotoko Express after the dinner, Didi ‘Mourinho’, expatiated on his sweet phrase: “My predecessor has taken the team to a certain level in terms of standard of play, player mentality and output on the field that made them the league winners, so what I have to do is to maintain that level and use it as our minimum standard.
“When we have successfully maintained those achievements and held it in check, we will need to bring those standards up to a level that will still put us beyond the reach of our competitors. It is at this stage that I call consolidation stage because by upping all our points, we will be strengthening ourselves. We will become stronger and tighter than our opponents in terms of play and all other areas of the game of football.
“Once we consolidate ourselves, we will need to move along with the modern trends of football by varying things. Every modern coach needs to know the current international trends by knowing how the game is changing.
“There has been an evolution in the game of football and now, one has to vary the way we do things by introducing new methods. It is through such innovations and modifications that we get the players regenerating their spirits and getting new motivations for the tasks they have to perform”.
With these done with, he shared his philosophy as a coach as “to build a compact team from defence through midfield to attack. I also seek to identify a talent and develop that player through to the utmost his career will offer. By that, I look out for his strengths and weaknesses and build on them. I will be challenging my players to realize their potential and seeing the stars in them. They will therefore have to re-adjust their thinking and strive for the top”.
When his name came up for appointment, many football fans kept wondering who he was as most people did not ‘know’ him. But Didi says he was not perturbed by that development.
“I have heard people talk about the fact that they did not know me. Professionally, I am not worried and not concerned about that because it is always important to let your work bring you into limelight. I have not known a lot of people but when we meet together for some time, we get to know ourselves and, and life goes on from there. I believe all those wondering who I was will get to know me when my work begins to speak”.
A walk through the career of Didi ‘Mourinho’ indicates that he started playing active football from in 1985 where he featured for the Under 20 side of R.T.U and later got promoted to the senior side of the same club.
He joined Ebusua Dwarfs in 1993 for five years and returned to R.T.U.
“In 2001, I stopped playing active football and went to further my education at the University of Education, Winneba and graduated after five years of intensive study”.
Whilst still in school, he started seeking his coaching certificate and has since gotten all the CAF licenses and also has Uefa license B and A. He has also had training attachment at Man City FC in England.
He had coaching stints in various capacities and has since been a CAF coaching instructor since.
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