Five former Ghanaian players who are coaches abroad

More often than not, many footballers enter into coaching after they quit from playing and even with some of them, they undertake coaching courses getting to the twilight of their careers so that when they retire, they start their new adventure.

Coaches like Zidane, Laurent Blanc, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and others played soccer to the highest level and they have also veered into coaching.

Currently in Ghana, we have Ibrahim Tanko, Maxwell Konadu, Michael Osei, Charles Akonnor, Godwin Attram, as well as Winfred Dormon who are former national team players and are carving a niche for themselves in coaching.

Edmund Okai Gyimah of brings to you five former Ghana national team players who are coaches abroad.

1.Edward Ansah (Churchill Brothers, India)

Born: Feb 1, 1963 (age 56 years)

The ex Ghana Black Stars number one goalkeeper joined his former club Churchill Brothers in India in May 2019 as the Head Coach of the club.

The soft-spoken Ansah has enormous experience in the coaching field having handled the Black Leopards of South Africa and also as Deputy Coach for Accra Hearts of Oak and Dreams FC.

He has the support of the board and has been tasked to bring the glory days back.

2. Baba Adamu Armando (Forceis FC, Dubai UAE) 

Born: 20 October 1979 (age 39 years), 

Baba Armando Adamu, known occasionally simply by his nickname Armando, is a Ghanaian former international football striker.

Arguably the most talented footballer of his generation and one of the most naturally gifted players Ghana has ever seen, Armando spent most of his playing career in Dubai (UAE) where he featured for Al Nasr and Shabaab Al Ahli. He also attained cult status with Krylia Sovetov and Locomotive Moscow in Russia.

Armando who was staying in Russia was appointed the technical director of Amateur league side, Forces FC in Dubai. He is also a scout for Pro League clubs Al Jazira and Al Nasr.

3. Sebastian Barnes (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)

 Born: 18 November 1976 (age 42 years),

Sebastian Barnes is a Ghanaian former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder.

Barnes was an integral part of the Black Starlets team which won the 1991 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Italy and also captained the side to second place in 1993 in Japan.

An attacking player who was turned into a right-back by coach Isaac Paha, Barnes spent almost all his playing time in Germany where he featured for Leverkusen, Mainz O5, Oberhausen and a couple of lower-division teams.

He was appointed as Under-14 Coach for Leverkusen in 2013 and has been very key in their youth development programme.

4. Christian Saba (Bayer Munich, Germany)
 Born: 29 December 1978 (age 40 years),

Christian Saba is a Ghanaian former footballer who played as a central defender. One of the most lengthy tenures of any foreign player with a sole team, he was never able however to make it past the reserves of Bayern Munich.

In the history of Bayer Munich, no foreign player has lasted so long at the club than the Ghanaian. He joined the Bavarians at the age of 16 in 1995 and spent 16 years at the club with the second team.

He retired at Bayer in 2011 and in 2012, he was appointed as their Under-17 Coach after he attained his coaching license.

5.Otto Addo (Dortmund, Germany) 

 Born: 9 June 1975 (age 44 years)

Otto Addo is a scout and manager, and a retired Ghanaian-German footballer who played for Ghana internationally. He is currently the assistant manager of Borussia Dortmund.
Born in Hamburg, Addo chose to represent and was part of the Ghana team which played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

After retiring from football in 2008, he undertook coaching courses and has worked as Assistant Coach for Hamburg, Nordsjaelland and Monchengladbach. He was also a scout for the Black Stars from 2013 to 2015.

Addo is one of the Deputy Managers for Lucien Favre at Dortmund senior side and also takes charge of the youth team as Head Coach.