The name of Can Vanli, one of the candidates shortlisted for the Black Stars coaching job, has been withdrawn. Vanli allegedly made a false claim on his resume when he said he was an assistant coach for Turkey at the 2006 World Cup. Since the shortlist of five coaches was released last week, Vanli’s name has come in for particular ridicule with some expressing skepticism of the selection process.
Meanwhile, Marcel Desailly has lamented hearing about the list of names shortlisted in the press rather than through official Ghana Football Association channels. He has pulled out amid speculation that he is also a candidate for a job in Europe.
The GFA in announcing the names has said that interviews would be held in “due course.” With the potential of the list of names narrowing to three, “due course” may become a process of elimination. Certainly, don’t expect the name of the coach to be announced before the new year. And as if there was not enough ambiguity, GFA vice-chairman Fred Pappoe says that the name of the eventual coach may be outside of those shortlisted.
Confusing? Sure. Until the final announcements, the selection for Ghana’s coach selection may be characterized as a game of “ini mini myni mo.”