Profile of Coach Sellas Tetteh Teivi

Coach Sellas Tetteh Teivi
Coach Sellas Tetteh Teivi

Sellas Tetteh Teivi was born on the 12th of December 1956 in Adabraka. He is a Ghanaian professional football coach and former player.


His father was Mensah Teivi, a mechanic, and his mother was Elizabeth Dablah; he was the eldest of eight children.


He was married to Evelyn Idun Teivi until her death on 26 January 2017, with whom he has two children – a daughter called Precious Awefa Teivi and a son called Prince Kelvin Sowah Teivi.

Tetteh is a practising Christian. He acknowledged God’s role in Ghana’s historic victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, saying prophetic insights from Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua helped him guide the team to success.

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Tetteh played professional club football in Ghana for Great Mao Mao, Golden Pods, Hearts of Oak, Zebi; in Nigeria for ACB, Julius Berger, Bendel United and Iwuanyanwu; and in Bangladesh.


Tetteh began his coaching career in 1995 with Kotobabi Powerlines, before joining Liberty Professionals a year later. Tetteh became Assistant Manager of the Ghana under-17 team in 2001 – taking full control a year later – before moving to the Ghana under-23 team in 2003. He later became an Assistant to the full national team. He was appointed caretaker manager of the Ghanaian national team in June 2008, a position he held until August 2008.

Tetteh was the head coach for the Ghana under-20 team at the 2009 African Youth Championship, leading them to win the championship, the first time since 1999 when they won, with that qualifying them to the World Cup. Tetteh guided the Ghana under-20 team to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, becoming the first African team to win the competition. As a consequence, Tetteh won the CAF Coach of the Year Award and the Sports Writers Association of Ghana Coach of the Year Award.He was also honoured by veteran coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, who ‘knighted’ Tetteh.

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Tetteh was appointed manager of the Rwandan national side in February 2010, leaving his dual position as manager of the Ghana under-20 national team and Ghanaian club side Liberty Professionals.On 6th September 2011, Tetteh resigned as Rwanda’s manager.

Tetteh was put in charge of the Ghana U20 team again in December 2012 ahead of the 2013 African Youth Championship in Algeria. He led the team to a 2nd place losing to Egypt in the finals after a penalty shootout.Tetteh was again in charge of Ghana U20 at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He led the team to a third-place finish at the end of the competition.

On 14 August 2015, Tetteh was given a temporary contract for three months, to become caretaker of the Sierra Leone national team. In March 2016 he left his position as Ghana under-20 manager in order to continue as Sierra Leone caretaker manager.He was replaced as Sierra Leone manager by John Keister in May 2017.In August 2019, Tetteh took the Sierra Leone head coach position. In November 2019, national team captain Kei Kamara retired from international duty, blaming Tetteh in part.Tetteh defended himself.He quit as Sierra Leone manager in March 2020.

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In April 2021, Tetteh returned to Liberty Professionals along with Andy Sinason as co-interim coaches during the second round of the 2020–21 season.His appointment came after the club sacked their head coach David Ocloo due the club’s poor performance in the first round which had caused them lavishing at the bottom of the league and in the relegation zone.

Ghana U20
FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2009
African Youth Championship: 2009

CAF Coach of the Year: 2009

Sports Writers Association of Ghana Coach of the Year: 2009



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