Former All Whites coach Fritz Schmid lands coaching job in Ghana

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Former New Zealand men’s national coach Fritz Schmid has been appointed interim head coach and technical advisor to Ghana first division side Akim Kotoku Royals.

The 62-year-old Swiss will be in charge for the rest of the season, having been their technical consultant for the season so far. He replaces Italian Paolo Campagna (72).

For Schmid, it’s his first role in direct control of a team since leaving the All Whites job in mid-2019 after little more than a year in New Zealand.

In a 40-year coaching and management career, he’s held jobs in Switzerland, Austria, Malaysia and England.

He was appointed All Whites coach by New Zealand Football’s technical director Andreas Heraf with whom he had worked at the Austrian Football Association.

Schmid had four games in charge — wins over Chinese Tapei and India and losses to Canada and Kenya.

He resigned three months after the departure of Heraf who resigned following complaints about his conduct as Football Ferns coach.

Meanwhile, former NZ Football colleague Andreas Heraf has lost his job as manager of German club Türkgücü München after its financial collapse and withdrawal from competition.

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Schmid’s team play at the Akim Oda Sports Stadium.

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