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Former Reggae Boy gets job as Ghana fitness coach

Published:Thursday | January 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer

Following his appointment as fitness trainer to Ghana's men's football team for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations last week, former Reggae Boy Jamie Lawrence will be looking to help the four-time winners to a fifth hold of Africa's premier football title.

The championship will be hosted in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8 and Lawrence will work alongside head coach Avram Grant in Ghana's national set-up.

His appointment comes against previous work as a fitness trainer with Sutton United, in England.

The 44-year-old, who made 24 appearances for the Reggae Boyz and scored once, was born in England to Jamaican parents.

The former midfield hardman also played for Leicester City, Bradford City and Sunderland in the English Premier League (EPL).

Lawrence has been contracted by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to take care of all fitness-related issues over a six-week period, All Sports.com.gh-, one of Ghana's sports websites, confirmed yesterday.

AllSports.com.gh shared Lawrence's comments online.

"It's a massive chance for me, especially with someone like Avram, who is respected throughout the game. It could open up so many doors," Lawrence reasoned.

"He (Avram) knows football inside out and it will be great to learn the ropes from him. I'm absolutely buzzing," he continued.

"But now to get the chance with Ghana is unreal. I know what the international set-up is like after playing for Jamaica and I can't wait to get started," Lawrence added.

The African Cup of nations is the Motherland's own World Cup and will be hosting 16 teams over six weeks.

Ghana will kick off their Cup of Nations campaign on January 19 against Senegal.

Ghana, chasing a fifth title after last winning the championship 32 years ago, will also contest South Africa and Algeria in Group C.