Former Chairman of Ghana Football Association (GFA) and majority shareholder of Ebusua Dwarfs, Nana Sam Brew-Butler, believes determination of the entire quad, the playing body, and the technical team made it easy for the team to clinch gold at the World Cup in Ecuador 1995.
He laid emphasis on the football system and technique adopted by the head coach of the side (late SAM ARDEY) which he describes the multi-system.
He disclosed this on GTV sports+ as he discussed happenings of FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament during GBC/GTV Sports+ Starlets 25th-anniversary celebration.
“Ghana, as we all know, is a great football nation and having followed them (starlets 95) from the beginning right through the preliminaries to the African stage and then progressing to the world stage, so the ultimate was to win the world cup and our message to them was to encourage them and tell them to take one match at a time,” he said on Sunday, August 16.
“They proved to us that they were capable and so all that we could do was to encourage them. It was fascinating when you read the reports that came out, it shows how difficult it was for opponents to read our style of play. You could not just read their system of play. Some say they were intercepting 442 to 451 and many others, in fact, they were the Mohammed Ali of our time in the football field,” he added.
ABOUT THE FORMER GFA PRESIDENT
Samuel Nana Brew-Butler is a distinguished Ghanaian entrepreneur and the original founder of Cenpower. He has held many senior management roles in his successful career, most notably Group Commercial Manager of Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation from 1981-1985. He then set up Reltub Company Limited, a business and project development group, of which he is Chairman and CEO. He is also a shareholder and Resident Director of Arab Contractors, an international construction company, and a Director of Consolidated Power Projects Ghana, a subsidiary of Consolidated Power Projects South Africa. He has a first degree in Business Studies from the University of North London (UK) and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK).
The Starlets won the tournament after beating Brazil 3-2 in the final to lift the trophy for the 2nd time in the history of the West African country, the goals were scored by Baba Sule (39’), Abu Iddrisu (45’) and Emmanuel Bentil (49’), Brazil’s equalizer came through Juan (47’) and Marco Antônio (90’).
BLACK STARLETS FULL SQUAD FOR THE 1995 FIFA U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:
Michael Abu, Nana Kwaku Attakora Amanianmpong, Kamara Dini, Patrick Allotey, Charles Akwei, Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah, Awudu Issaka, Christian Atta Gyan, Joe Ansah, Christian Saba.
Baba Sule, Charles Allotey, Emmanuel Bentil, Bashiru Gambo, Richard Ackon, Abu Iddrisu, David Amoako.
For more on the starlets 1995 squad and all the revelations, make a date every Sunday at 2 p.m., on ‘TIME WITH THE CAPTAINS’ show on GTV Sports +. The show is also live each day on ‘THE FILE’ on Mondays to Fridays 10:30 a.m. to midday.
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Story filed by Jacob Narh Nortah
Twitter handle: @NarhNortah