Ghana FA secures Manchester City deal to develop football in west Africa

Officials of the Ghana FA will leave for Manchester this weekend as part of the exchange programme which will largely be of benefit to the games governing body in Ghana
Some top officials of the Ghana FA will leave Accra for Manchester City this weekend as part of a deal struck between the two bodies to help develop football in the west African country.

The Ghana FA’s trip is at the invitation of the English champions who have agreed to allow the Ghana FA to tap into their expertise.

"The deal will allow coaches and football administrators to go to the Etihad stadium occasionally for training," the Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi told reporters in Accra on Thursday.

"They have invited us to discuss issues of coaching, player development and the exploitation of commercial activities."

He said: “We will meet their coach in charge of youth development and their staff responsible for commercial activities.”

The programme will also allow the Man City officials to also come to Ghana to see to other areas of cooperation.

Nyantakyi said he is looking forward to seeing some of the best coaches in Ghana both with clubs and national teams leaving for Itihad occasionally for training.

The Ghanaian officials will watch the premier league game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad stadium on Sunday.