Former Ghanaian International player, John Painstil, has explained why most African nations prefer to hire expatriate coaches to their local counterparts.
Speaking at the ongoing 6th Association of International Sports Press (AIPS) , Africa congress at the Accra City Hotel, the former Fulham right back revealed that, from his experience of working with expatriate coaches and local coaches, he realized that the foreign coaches were more disciplined and firm with their decisions as compared to local coaches.
“With my experience of playing for the national team for about 13years, I have been with local and foreign coaches. The difference between a foreign coach and a local coach I think at my time was that the foreign coaches are more stronger. When I say stronger I mean more discipline – that is, when it comes to decision making, they don’t turn around. When they make decisions, it stands. When they say ‘A’ it’s ‘A’. When the foreign coach ask you to do ‘B’ and you do ‘C’, he will take you out. But when the local coach tells you to do ‘B’ and you do ‘A’, he won’t say anything,” he stated.
There have been many allegations from the public that local coaches are not accorded the same kind of respect that is accorded expatriate coaches by players.
By: Samuel Addo