Collective effort is needed in every institution to achieve the needed goal and football is not an exception. For a football club to be able to win a league or for a country to be able to win a tournament, a concerted effort is needed to reach the necessary feat. Every department of a football club must be put to work to ensure the chain of productivity is intact. When we talk about football, the board and management represent the top hierarchy before dropping down to the organogram of the club. From the top hierarchy, we shall drop down to the most important element of our piece which is to talk about the principal actors and its leadership.
The technical team is responsible for the daily check, direction, training, tactical and technical disposition and even mental preparation of its squad. We then talk about the playing body and the departments which must understand itself with great telepathy. The goalkeeping department is a very delicate area to talk about because without care and proper technical attention, it becomes the most vulnerable area to allow in the goals. The defence is the department that shields the goalkeeper and that department needs a thorough training, technical, tactical and mental direction to soak the pressure from tough and dangerous opponents.
We shall then talk about the midfield which has a subset department; the defensive midfield and the attacking midfield. The defensive midfield or midfielder protects the defenders from surging opponent before they get into the goal area and occasionally surge forward in search of goals. Their main work is to protect the back four or three depending on the tactical formation of a coach. The attacking midfield or midfielder surges forward mostly to support the strikers by way of providing the cutting edge passes to create goal scoring opportunities. The two subset department combine effectively to form a solid midfield setup.
The final department of the team is the striking role or the attacking department. Equally we have the typical or what many will term the out-and-out striker or a “number nine” who serves as the arrowhead or lead man. A typical example is ex-Chelsea FC and Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba as well as ex-Brazil frontman, Luis Nezario de Lima commonly known as Ronaldo. The lead strikers are mostly supported by a “number 10” or a second striker depending on the formation of a coach.
The explanations above lead us to the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League Champions, Accra Hearts of Oak. The millennium champions showed resilience, hunger and drive to come from behind to claim their first ever league title and their 21st in 11-years. It was a collective effort from all the departments but one area we want to talk about is the left back position which was effectively marshaled by Congo international, Raddy Ovouka. The Congolese displaced former Liberty Professionals man, William Denkyi and managed to make the position his own in the lead up to their title triumph. Denkyi was the first choice left back until a change in tactics dislodged him onto the substitute bench. Posing a question to him as to whether he is into a competition with the Congolese, William Denkyi replied in the negative saying, Hearts of Oak’s title triumph was a collective effort and Raddy Ovouka deserved to play. He ruled out any form of competition between him and Raddy Ovouka.
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