The height which Sellas Tetteh took youth football in Ghana might be difficult to equal. The current Rwandan head coach steered Ghana’s Black Satellites 2009 to an undefeated run in all competitive games; conquering West Africa, Africa and the rest of the world on their match to glory.
The mantle now falls on coach Orlando Wellington to lead another generation of Ghanaian youth to conquer the world. Ghana has produced a consistent performance at youth level over the last three decades which puts pressure on Wellington not to let an expectant Ghana down.
In the light of recent terrible performances from Ghana’s national teams, Wellington’s Black Satellites 2011 are a sort of last hope that Ghana will win anything with any of her national teams apart from the Black Stars.
The test ahead of Wellington is not in the least easy. Group B of South Africa 2011 will be difficult to navigate. Especially given that Ghana has an axe to grind with all the teams in the group; Nigeria, Cameroun and Gambia.
Cameroun will seek to even the score after Ghana beat them two years ago. Ghana must revenge their defeat to the Gambians in 2005 at the U-17 level. Wherever Ghana meets Nigeria; whether in sport or singing, defeat is not an option for both sides.
Bringing home the cup cannot however be an insurmountable for a coach of Wellington’s calibre. Being the assistant to Sellas Tetteh during that wonderful run in 2009, Wellington must have learnt the ropes and should be extremely confident walking it.
The U-20 experience aside, Wellington is the leading coach in Ghana’s Glo Premier League. Since assuming the Berekum Chelsea hot seat in November 2010, Wellington has steered the club to the top of the league log.
In an era when an older generation of Ghanaian coaches are making way for younger coaches; where local coaches are under-performing, the U-20 challenge is a good opportunity for Wellington to shine.
..and so shall he!!!