Prayag United look to rope in 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup winning coach Sellas Tetteh

The Ghanaian could be brought in to look after the youth sides of the Kolkatan outfit, but talks are dependent on the budget for next year of the I-League outfit...

In a bid to improve the technical and tactical capabilities of their youth teams, Prayag United might soon rope in Sellas Tetteh, the man who guided Ghana to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which had made them the first African side to win the competition.

Speaking exclusively to, Prayag United’s club official Nabab Bhattacharya revealed the plans to rope in the Ghanaian coach, as the second step to help improve the playing capabilities of their players, after bringing in Eelco Schattorie as the coach of the first team.

“Prayag United has spoken to Mr. Sellas Tetteh, who is a former Ghana U-20 World Cup coach about taking up the responsibility of our U-20 team. He is a great coach but all these things are dependent on the budget and other considerations.”

“Clubs are looking towards youth development. Hence it is more important we bring good foreign coaches, who are technically brilliant,” Bhattacharya continued.

“I am keeping Tetteh informed about our activites and our vision for the youth team. However any move is dependent on our budget for next year and I am not sure what that is going to be. But we shall definitely look to rope in a foreign coach for our youth team in the future,” he further added.

Tetteh, who has held a coaching position in various age-group sides of Ghana before even being an interim first team coach, last held the position of Rwanda’s national team. He however resigned on 6th September 2011, after guiding the Amavubi Stars to just a single win in five 2012 CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Prayag United official also felt that the minor blip being experienced by the Kolkatan club in recent times is due to a change in methods under Schattorie, which shall bear long-term benefits.

He revealed, “Sanjay Sen was a good coach but we are employing new techniques and methods under Schattorie and it takes time. It will come good eventually, I hope. We shall see at the end of the season how it progresses. We will assess out situation then but we hope to give him long term contract.”

Bhattacharya also felt injuries and other issues had also had an impact on the club’s fortunes so far, but stressed that there was no pressure on their newly appointed Dutch coach.

“See, we don’t have a short term mission and have long term plans. He (Schattorie) came in when nothing was going to our favour. Deepak Mandal’s mother expired, Shylo Malswamtulunga is injured while Kayne Vincent has gone abroad for his injury treatment. The aim is to still finish in top 3 of the championship,” he concluded.

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