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Background of Ghana-Accra Academy

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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.

July 2012
Academicians Ghanaians leave Bamako and go on holiday in Ghana.

September 2012
The finished field is in a good enough state to perform quality work. It allows académciens to resume training on their own premises in Accra.

October 2012
Arrival in Accra coach Babytho, from the Academy of Madagascar or before the "master" there was a "student". He will be in charge of the future second class will be recruited at the end of 2012, recruitment will take place until mid-December.

January 2013
8 new players are entering the Academy and make up the second group, bringing to 21 the number of training players.

March 2013
4 new players are recruited to complete the promotional 2, which now consists of 12 players.

May 2013
A tour of twenty days is organized in Belgium at the JMG Academy WD-Tongerlo.

June 2013
2 new players are recruited to reinforce each promotion, promotion 1 is then composed of 14 players and the promotion of 13 2 players.

July 2013
The Academy of Ghana is bereaved, her General Manager Luc Guillou died.

September 2013
Following the tragedy of July, Adrien Gaignon takes over in the Academy of Ghana, he becomes the new General Manager.

August-September 2013
9 promoting 1 players accompanied by coach Christophe go to Vietnam to join and be disposotion the Team Academy, directed by Olivier Guillou, in training at the Academy JMG Pleiku.

September-December 2013
The tour of the Academy Team, gathering the players Ghanaians, Egyptians and Belgian continues. In Belgium, our 9 académieciens do rentront the country December 13, 2013.

February 2014
Olivier Guillou, the coach of the Team Academy came to Ghana to oversee the players and choose ones that soon will go to Belgium to join his team.

Beginning in March 2014
Added 2 new players to complement the second promotion.

March-June 2014
The 10 scholars selected with the Team Academy returned to Belgium for another stay of three months.

July-August 2014
9 academicians who won a professional contract with KSK Lierse team leave this time to Belgium to start their careers in Europe.
1 academician is sent to Bamako to start a training assistant coach.
4 other academicians reached the end of their training are released and leave the Academy.

September 2014
After a recruitment campaign a year and almost 10,000 observed players, the new promotion 3 entered the Academy, it consists of 8 players.
2 players also are added to the second class.

November 2014
Promotion Promotion 2 and 3 together with the technical staff leave one month internship at the Academy JMG Bamako to confront their Malian brothers.

March 2015
2 more players are admitted to the Academy to strengthen the promotion 3, the latter is now composed of 10 players

April 2015
It is the turn of the Academy of Ghana to receive their Mali counterparts for a one-month internship.

September 2015
5 more players complete the third promotion. Actuellemnt which carries the workforce to 31 players in training:
- 16 for 2 Promotion
- 15 for the Promotion 3.