Ghana Football Association (GFA) have announced the appointment of German coach Bernhard Lippert as the country’s new technical director.
Lippert replaces Francis Oti Akenteng whose contract expired in March after signing a two-year deal.
Prior to his appointment by the GFA, the 58-year-old was the technical director of the Associations of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) since 2008.
“Fifa coaching Instructor, Bernhard Lippert has been appointed as technical director of the Ghana Football Association for a period of two years,” the GFA announced on its official website.
“The 58-year-old German trainer is a Fifa expert in instructing and training coaches.
“As technical director of the Ghana FA, he will head the Technical Directorate and formulate guidelines, strategies and policies for the training and the technical development of coaches of Ghana football, to provide advice to the Executive Council on coaching and technical development matters in general and the supervision of national football team coaches, to which the technical director may be assigned by the Association.
“Bernhard Lippert will be responsible for the strategy, development and technical direction of the Technical Directorate, the preparation and implementation of technical programmes at the grassroots, juvenile, and national teams thereby preparing football coaches and footballers for the future.”
Lippert also coached Azerbaijan’s U17, U19 and U21 teams. He managed German club side Eintracht Frankfurt where he also worked as an assistant coach, youth education supervisor and head coach of the clubs U23 side. Lippert also had short coaching stints with Bayern Munich and Leeds United.
“He [Lippert] shall be required to build the capacity of the of Technical Directorate of the Association that will include but not limited to the following departments; Coach Education, Referee Education, Talent Identification, Performance Analysis, Technical Studies and Video Analysis, Health and Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning and Sports Medicine,” the GFA statement continued.
“As part of his functions, the Technical Director will arrange courses and conferences for Match Officials, Team Officials, Instructors, Trainers and Administrators.
“He is also expected to assess the training programme of the National Teams, examine reports on players made by the Handlers (Team Managers, Coaches and the Welfare Officers), analyse International Matches and advise the Association.”
Also, Black Stars team psychologist Prof. Joseph Mintah has been appointed as Ghana’s new director of coaching education on a two-year deal.