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Background of Ghana-Accra Academy


Summer  2007
The Wadi Degla group, already a partner in an Academy project in Egypt, wishes to set up a similar venture in Ghana.   An agreement is signed and a schedule set up.

October  2007
Under the leadership of Lambert AMUAH, Vincent DUFOUR, assisted by Christophe KOUAKOU, begins recruitment in the capital, Accra, then in Kumasi.

November  2007
With the additional assistance of Eric DECROIX, later Technical Director of the Thai Academy, and whilst Lambert AMUAH is on his way to Nigeria, recruitment continues in Tamalé, in the north of the country.

End of November  2007
The first final trial takes place in Kumasi under Jean-Marc GUILLOU’s leadership.  5 out of 23 players are selected.

January  2008
The 5 selected players begin their training in Bamako.   As infrastructure facilities are not yet available in Ghana and in order not to delay training, the decision is taken to instead take full advantage of the facilities of the Academy in Mali.

April  2008
Following several trips to Nigeria in search of players by Lambert AMUAH and Charlton, final trials take place in Lagos in the presence of Jean-Marc GUILLOU, at the end of which 4 Nigerian youngsters join their Ghanaian teammates in Bamako.   Surrounded by French-speakers, these English-speaking kids soon learn to speak and understand French.  In just four months, they are able to express themselves properly.  
The Academy’s first official match against AS TOULE is won 21 – 11.

July  2008
Luc GUILLOU joins Bamako as Technical Director of the JMG Academy in Ghana.   For over a year, the youngsters train at the Bamako JMG Academy whilst awaiting the completion of their own Academy in Ghana.

August - September  2009
The whole of the Ghanaian Academy departs for a 2-month stay at the Egyptian JMG Academy in Cairo.   The visit ends on 2 October when they go back to their families for a 1-month vacation.

November  2009
Even if there is still outstanding construction work to be completed – of which one of the two training grounds - the big day has finally arrived:  the youngsters and the staff take possession of their own Academy.  They are finally home.

January  2010
Christophe KOUAKOU joins the Academy as Deputy Coach and a new search for players likely to complete the first core begins.

April  2010
Final trials are organized with 14 youngsters.  4 join the Academy, bringing the final number of this First Selection to 13.

June  2010
Two of the best players depart for Bamako with Christophe KOUAKOU to participate in a training program with other “Académiciens” from all JMG Academies worldwide.

January 2011
At JMG Academy in Ghana, children continue to progress in the technical work and exercises in the game played in matches on Saturday.
Technical work on five of them have entered the third and final level before wearing shoes, and the last 4 arrived in 2010, have caught up quite quickly the level of old.
In the game the integration of new players ran perfectly and matches were a result of the way with victories, against teams becoming stronger, especially physically.

April 2011
Children joined the JMG Academy of Mali, due to a field problem.
The construction of a new field began in 2010 was not a success and the decision was taken in April 2011 to send children in Bamako, pending the full and successful finish of the new playground, under the responsibility of Manager of Ghana.
Ghanaians have thus found the place of their beginning and their Malian peers, and were able to show their progress in participating in a tournament to great effect upon their arrival.

April 2011 - June 2012
Childless since April 27, 2011, work to finish the new field have been performed and followed closely by Luc Guillou.
In addition to following this realization, it was started a pre-recruitment work for the second promotion. Since November 2011, many children were seen in different regions of Ghana which are ten in number.
The requested level is even more demanding final selection of this promotion is postponed to the end of September 2012. Currently a dozen players were selected for the final stage. During July and September 2012, we will explore further in order to complete the selection.

The new field is now feasible, children, even in Mali today, go on vacation at home in Kumasi for the month of August 2012, and resumed work in September in their Academy that is to say, to Accra, Ghana.