Opeele fires back at critics: I’m still the ‘special one’

Isaac Boateng

Isaac Boateng

Ghana U17 assistant coach Isaac Opeele Boateng has replied his critics following the team’s disappointing campaign at the African U17 Championship.

Opeele has been pilloried for talking much and doing very little as a coach due to his media job.

The former Asante Kotoko coach is a columnist in the state-owned Graphic Sports Newspaper and also a pundit on radio and television.

Opeele has been tagged as boastful and disrespectful to other coaches in country in most of his post-match analysis in the media.

His critics have questioned why he did not put his knowledge on tactics and techniques to good use at the tournament in Morocco.

But the Mourinho-esque character has sent a stinker to his detractors in his response.

“It’s just jealousy. I am still the special one of Ghana football,” Opeele told Asempa FM.

“I’ve heard people say I am a talkative but I will still talk because that gives me money, it helps me to feed my family.

“I can never be intimidated; I will be who I am because that’s how God created me. I will never change.

“I’ve changed so many things in coaching in the country; I’ve forced coaches to talk about system and tactics after games rather than thanking God, and am proud of that.”

Opeele has coached a lot of clubs in his young coaching career including Tudu Mighty Jets, defunct Kessben FC, Sekondi Hasaacas and Asante Kotoko.