For close to twenty years Opoku Ware School has been struggling to make any impact in the inter schools soccer competition since their historic win in 1998. They’ve tried unsuccessfully to replicate that feat for all these years coming as close as the semi finals.
The special tactical and masterclass performance of OWASS this year has sent tongues wagging and people looking for the secret behind their success.
Raph-Sark has been searching for answers and profiles the Master Tactician Akwasi Owusu Antwi (The Silent Tactician).
Born at Dichemso, bred at Aboabo, all surburbs of Kumasi. Starting in 2008 at Kumasi Academy, under the mentorship of the current Regional P. E. Co-ordinator, Mr Henry Osei Mensah, He spent a year of internship to learn the practice of coaching. Upon successful completion of his University studies in 2009, he worked under Mr Joseph Yaw Adu at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Sports Directorate as a service personnel. At this point, he received tutelage from these senior members within the P. E. and Sports fraternity which was enough for him to be weaned.
Despite several interests from some top schools in Kumasi, he decided to accept posting to Konadu Yiadom SHS to apply knowledge and experience acquired. In collaboration with Charles Frimpong, he succeeded in qualifying Konadu Yiadom SHS for an unprecedented 3 consecutive times in boys’ soccer, from 2010 – 2013.
While at Konadu Yiadom SHS, passing time with colleagues, Mike Opoku and Atta Khalid Osei, P. E. Tutors of Adu Gyamfi SHS, was instructive and added a lot to my knowledge bank.
Osei Tutu SHS came calling in 2013, and it was very difficult to decline, because there’s something of OT in his DNA.
The task ahead at OT seemed an uphill one, as they had been absent from the boys’ soccer finals at the Baba Yara Stadium for 4 years running. Teaming up with brothers Fred and Obed, OT was back in the finals in 2013, and has been consistent to date, even after I got reposted to Opoku Ware School in 2016. Eventhough, He left OT in 2016, OT has not left him still, according to him.
Along the line in 2015, his coaching career received a massive boost when he got the opportunity to work under Mr Kwame Amoako (formerly of OKESS) at the Ashanti Regional Schools and Colleges soccer teams (Basic and SHS). On my first outing at the Regional Games at Wa 2015, Ashanti boys won gold, and have since been winning medals with Ashanti, under the great taskmaster.
Throughout these years of coaching, he took the chance to tap into the expertise and experience of Mr Osmanu Orlando (formerly of OWASS) as he stayed close by at Santasi. He has been his role model, counselor, and above all a father. Through him, he got the opportunity to coach King Faisal in the 2015/ 2016 season. Evidence of his immense influence on him is how he moved me from Vacus OT to OWASS.
For some time now, professional clubs have shown desire for my services, but the nature of my current job has been a major restraint in taking up a new club challenge.
His ability to analyze the strength and weaknesses of his players and develope a tactical formula to suit the strength of his players is what makes him a unique Tactician.
Perhaps it’s high time some of our local clubs and juvenile teams start looking in his direction as the Man Magic Touch.
He is a CAF License A Holder having completed all requirement as a professional licence Coach.
On Monday, two tactical brains will clash at the Baba Yara Stadium as Coach Akwasi Owusu Antwi of OWASS takes on Prince Acheampong Sabuto on the finals of the inter schools soccer competition.
It will be a battle of brains and tactics.