By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Former Marseille and AC Milan defender Marcel Desailly has called reports linking him to the vacant Ghanaian FA Technical Director position as fake news.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000 winner with Les Bleus, was heavily linked with the position after what appeared to be a hint from Ghana FA Communications Officer, Henry Twum on Happy FM.
The Ghanaian media had heavily linked the 51-year-old native of Accra previously known by the name Odenke Abbey, to the job.
His name was only changed to Marcel Desailly when his mother got married the head of the French Consulate in Accra, who adopted him and his siblings and changed his name.
After the hint and media buzz linking him to the position previously occupied by Francis Oti Akenteng for 14 years, many Ghanaian journalists and former footballers thought it was unfair to consider him for the job ahead former Ghanaian greats and other coaches, given that he turned his back on the country of his birth during his playing days.
He was considered the red hot favorite for the job given his close relationship with current Ghana FA boss Kurt Okraku. Desailly had congratulated Okraku for his new position and pledged unflinching support to him during his term to help develop the game in Ghana.
The former Nantes and Chelsea defender has however come out to distance himself from the job on his Twitter account calling the reports linking him to the job as fake news.
Desailly who currently resides in his native Ghana, is accredited with some huge investments in the country like the large sports complex in Accra, restaurants, hotel, Gymnasium and Nightclub.
Marcel Desailly won 116 caps for the French national team scoring 3 goals and won league titles in Italy and Qatar, including back-to-back Champions League titles with Marseille and Milan AC in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
“The Rock” as he was nicknamed during his playing time is definitely one of the finest football brains in Ghana, and was understood to be among the applicants for the vacant FA Technical Director role.
The Ghanaian FA will start the interviews for the retained applicants next week and will announce Akenteng’s successor later.
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