Not many individuals who are in the same profession have a soft place in their hearts for their peers simply because they regard them as potential threats or competitors but same cannot be said of coach John Abdul-Aziz Kandumah.
The Wa United coach on the Sports Show of Radio Waa, a Wa-based radio station on Tuesday January 12, 2021 and monitored by Tungsung Sports Desk, exhibited what others find extremely difficult to do when he aknowledged the performance of a colleague coach at Wa Suntaa Sporting Club.
Coach Adnan Saeed is the assistant coach at Wa Suntaa SC holding the fort for head coach, coach Orlando Wellington, who is indisposed. The team in their opening match at the Wa Park gave away their 1-nil lead during injury time to cut a heart breaking stalemate in what could have fetched the team its first 3 points in the campaign.
But coach Kandumah thinks the fans should spare the team the slack as of now.
He said that despite the disappointment of the fans in drawing in their first match of this year’s Ghana Division One League at home, the technical team rather deserve praise for their efforts given that the team had never won its opening match in both of its previous campaigns.
Coach John Kandumah who is also a former coach of the Division One side said that during his reign as head coach of the team, he could not win either of his opening matches for the two truncated Division One leagues.
According to him, the team under his watch, lost their first game in a 4-1 walloping at home and followed up with a 1-nil loss in the second match during the 2018/2019 football season which was eventually truncated due to the expose` of the investigative journalist, Anas Arimiyawu Anas, where he exposed some football officials.
He said the team in the following season also recorded a 3-2 loss in it’s opening game of the season to Yendi Gbewaa FC in Tamale, and another stalemate in the second game this time, a 1-1 scoreline.
This happened during the 2019/2020 football season which was also truncated due to the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 global pandemic.
It must be said that in both of the seasons, Wa Suntaa SC, remained in a favourable position on the league log before those leagues were halted.
The young and fine tactician advised the fans of his Former club not to throw their hands in despair this early, but should rather support the technical team to succeed since this was just the opening game.
Suntaa SC is the only Division One side in the Upper West Region seeking to get a qualification into the Ghana Premier League after Wa All Stars, now Legon Cities FC, was bought and moved to Accra – the nation’s capital.
The club has signed a number of good players to boost the squad ahead of this year’s campaign.
Wa Suntaa SC will play Unity FC in their next league game this weekend on the road.
Source: Tungsung Sports Desk.