Coach Afranie, a patron of the Ghana Football Coaches Association (GCFA) made the plea at the inauguration of the Association in Accra.
The GFA Technical Director said building unity and ties will help the Association tackle some of the challenges that confront coaches in course of their work such as inappropriate treatments and undue dismissals.
The President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, who addressed the coaches expressed his excitement about the launch of the Association as according to him, coaching is an important pillar in the development of football that needs attention.
Mr Nyantakyi praised the initiative and urged the membership of the Association to offer coaches on the platform the opportunity to learn.
He asked all football coaches to join the Association in order to enable them fight jointly for their interests. Mr Nyantakyi promised the support of the GFA and FIFA.
“We at the GFA will provide all that you need to make your Association functional,” he said.
According to the Chairman of the Association, Professor J. K. Mintah, out of the over 500 coaches in the country who are eligible to be members of the Association, about 250 are recognised members. He appealed to the others to join the Association in order to protect themselves globally, aside making themselves popular.
Membership requires the payment of registration fee of GH 20 and annual dues of GH 100. Some of the benefits of membership to the Association include training and study opportunities, internship opportunities, and free legal counsel of an FA lawyer who will pursue the interests of coaches.