By Ameenu Shardow
Ex Ghana FA boss Ben Koufie has prescribed a thesis that the best way to defend in football is not by attacking as widely regarded.
It has been a renowned adage in football that teams are better off attacking their opponent when they seek to avoid defeat as the best defensive mechanism.
But the former Ghana international and coach has offered an alternative view backed with viable examples which upon serious consideration, makes a lot of sense.
“I have always followed the adage in football that the best defensive play is to attack, everybody has heard of this,” he said during the launch of his book, ‘Principles of Modern Soccer Coaching’.
“But as I grew up in coaching I have a different opinion. I did not agree with this.
“I believed and I still believe that the best defensive play is to possess. If you posses the ball, there is a guarantee that a goal cannot be scored against you because your opponent does not have the ball.
“But if you ar going to attack you will need to reinforce your attack with your defenders opening spaces at the rear in the process. So a good counter attack can result in a goal therefore this cannot be the best form of defensive play.
“If you look at Barcelona, they are a team which have received few goals. Less goals have been scored against Barcelona in the years past because they have the ball for most of the game.”
Koufie’s thesis and more could be found in his authored coaching manual launched on Thursday.
The book touches on a wide range of issues which confronts a modern coach like player selection, preparation for games and how to boost the psychology of player to enhance performance.
The book also enumerates how a coach should prepare his team for the short, medium and long terms as the coaching profession grows increasingly volatile.