The Peruvian leading Medeama SC’s Continental charge

The Peruvian leading Medeama SC’s Continental charge
20 March 2014 03:05

It’s almost 3 months since Ghanaian club, Medeama SC, appointed Carlos Roberto Paulette as coach. The union so far has been everything but unsuccessful. Given his not-so-pleasant stints at two other local clubs – King Faisal and Real Tamale United – the current chain of successes should offer some respite. Paulette can finally lay claim to being a successful Peruvian in another country. That he’s been able to build Medeama into a winsome side, one very hard to beat, is most laudable. In recent continental outings, he’s managed to not only secure the club’s qualification into the last round of play-offs, but sent the strongest of signals that Medeama is a hard nut to crack.His reign so far has seen a roll call of positive results recording some important victories. The side’s 4:2 win (over two legs) against Equatorial Guinea’s Panthers FC set the tone for what has so far been a good outing the 2014 Orange CAF Confederation Cup competition.“I am very delighted to make it to the next round,” he told the club’s website after securing that crucial qualification over Panthers. “This means the club was well structured and prepared to face Panthers, and we hope to maintain this for the next round.”They did maintain the streak. And even though they lost 2-1 to Moroccan side MAS Fes in a second leg encounter, their 3:0 trashing of the North Africans in Ghana in the first leg meant the healthy lead stood them in good stead.How the successes were built, have been largely heaped at the doorstep of Paulette. With stints at Tottenham, Charlton Athletic, South End United, and Middlesex University in England, where he was an educator/coach, Paulette walked into the Medeama job knowing what was expected of him.He knew that his years of studying Sports, Science and Psychology could perfectly play a role in exhuming the Ghanaian club from abject obscurity.He also knew that far away from the ills that came with his days at the two other local clubs, people would only judge him by how well he’s done for himself as a coach, only, and if only, he was able to make Medeama SC a soft sell. Has he managed to do that? So far, yes.Paulette however has one more hurdle to clear. He is a shade away from being hailed as the new messiah. This weekend, his side plays three-time Zambian champions, ZESCO United, in the first leg of second round Orange CAF Confederation Cup tie on home soil.A lot is at stake. A good win at home would ensure they go into the second leg on the weekend of March 28-30 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, the advantaged side. Most importantly for Paulette, he has a point to prove; he would want to be remembered as that fine Peruvian gentleman who came to town, and succeeded.

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