Cricket coach calls for early preparation

Author: Albert Tetteh Wayoe Jnr
Coach Kodom Anafie in training session with some of the players

Head Coach of the senior national cricket team, Kodam Kofi Anafie, has called on the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA) to aid them to have early  preparations towards the International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 Africa ‘A’ qualifiers.

Though the competition has been temporarily postponed, coach Anafie believes early preparations is the only assurance of putting them in a position to defend the ICC World T20 Africa ‘A’ Qualifiers anytime the tournament commenced.

It was postponed because the host, Nigeria, has an automatic qualification after they qualified to the World ICC tournament which does not need qualifiers to qualify so the organises are looking for a new host.

In an interview with Graphic Sports, Coach Anafie said though he was training with some of the available players, his training had not been confirmed by the GCA, and that he needed the full set of players to start training.

“We don’t know when the qualifiers will resume but we also don’t want to be taken unawares. We want to prepare on time so that anytime organisers give the green light, we will be ready.”

He expressed the hope that this would be done early to avoid a situation where the team would be pushed into a last minute preparation which he said would risk the team’s chances of doing well in the competition which could also affect his personal ambitions as a coach.

“Currently, we are training with the committed ones who are available but that  is not official or sanctioned,  so we are waiting for the GCA to confirm our programme so that we can formally commence training to prepare for the qualifiers.

“If we start training early, we will achieve our aim but for now, we are late and relax in preparing towards the tournament. We were to start just after when the league ended but we are relaxed and I do not want to see us in the corner we will not like so the association should give us the needed support to start training”, he said.

That said, he has identified new talents in the just ended T20 Tournament where he will give them the opportunity to showcase their effort and expecting between 18 and 22 players in camp to help fight for national glory.