Swiss football manager, Fritz Markus Schmid is extremely happy after guiding Oda-based Kotoku Royals to secure a maiden promotion into the Ghana Premier League.
The champions of Zone 3 gained a historic promotion to the Ghanaian top-flight league after bagging 63 points following a goalless draw with former GPL side Tema Youth on Sunday.
The 62-year old UEFA Pro License gaffer and the former Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager, who is also a Technical Consultant with UEFA and a Member of FIFA’s Technical Leadership Experts joined the newly promoted GPL side in April this year, and helped the team to make history after nine games.
In a comment after the goalless draw with Tema Youth, coach Fritz expressed happiness towards the history and explained how tough the mission was.
“Am extremely happy for the team, for the players. The boys deserve it so much and happy to have them and have a team like this. I hope they will celebrate what they deserved.
“Every game in this division league is a tough game and especially once you get in contact with the top teams, you know you have to win your games to stay on top, hold the pressure and keep going until the end. That’s a big achievement and it takes a lot of resilience and also a strong mind; and the team proved they have it,” he said.
The Swiss gaffer was also the Technical Director for the Football Association of Malaysia and his most recent coaching position was as head coach with the National Team of New Zealand.
He spent seven years as the assistant manager of FC Basel under head coach Christian Gross, a period in which the club won the Swiss Cup four times and qualified for the UEFA Champions League twice.
From 1997 to 1998, he worked as an assistant manager for EPL side, Tottenham Hotspur.