….But who is to blame?
The handlers of local football, the football association
(FA) the local media (print and electronic), the fans, the
Satellite television stations, the betting companies etc.
Either wholly or partly someone or some people shall
Always be held for the progress as much as for
Retrogression of any phenomenon.
In our part of the world we always look for that
Scapegoat whenever things are not going as planned.
Pressing the panic button is something that Ghanaian
Football administrators are fond of doing and the
Innocent coaches are mostly the victims of such
Opoku Nti is undoubtedly one of the best players Kotoko
Has ever produced but credentials as an administrator
Are questionable. He does not boast of an excellent
Educational background neither does he have a tag as a
Successful business man who can market kotoko and
Push them to level they want to attain.
In this regard I suggest its time Otumfour takes his
Team and give it to an astute business man with a
Football mind (the kk sarpong Type) .
He should be tasked to draw at a 5 year plan which
Include winning the league and making impact in
He may be the owner of the team, but isn't it time
Otumfour takes his hands off the team and allow a
Business man bridge the gap between the traditional
Aspect of the game and the corporate aspect of the
The president, in his state of the nation address sent a
Message to the Ghana football association instructing
Them to wake up and do whatever possible to reposition
The local league and send it back to its glory and glossy
The Ghana league used to be the envy of other
Countries on the continent. For a player to decline an
Offer to play in the English league and commit himself to
Kotoko shows how valuable and how great the Ghana
League used to be back then. (Reference here is to rev.
From the 70s right to the early 2000s the local was one
Of the best if not the best in Africa. This period
Coincided with the national teams achieving success in
Africa and world football.
The likes of Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak constantly
Participated in continental competitions. Not just
Participate but made huge impact
With kotoko winning the Africa cup of champions in
1970 and 1983.
Accra Hearts of oak on the other hand were runners up in the
1979 champions cup.
They won the CAF champions league as recently as
2000 and the CAF super cup in 2001. Not forgetting the
2004 confederation cup triumph with the famous 64
The likes of Olympics, Ashgold etc participated in the
Various CAF competitions and did not disgrace Ghana
Football. So how did we get to where we are today? A
Lot of factors has contributed to the sudden decline of
The quality and patronage of our local league.
Blame it on player exodus which partly due to club's
Inability to remunerate them very well as well as the
Continued preferential treatment given to foreign
Players when it comes to national team selection.
The Ghana Football association's unwillingness to
Market the league as well applying the law to the
Letter when club's act in contravention to the GFA
A typical example is the case that delayed the
Commencement of the 2014-2015 league season. King
Faisal sued the FA because they felt they were not
Treated fairly. When such things happen it takes the
Interest out of the league with supporters knowing that
There are plots against certain clubs in the league.
The greatest contributor to the lack of patronage of our
Local league is the proliferation of the European league.
Local stations now spend chunk of their airtime to
Discuss the foreign leagues such as the English
Premier league, Spanish La Primera Liga, Italian Serie A etc.
When the station of nation GTV telecast live Bundesliga
Matches, then you know that Ghana football has lost
In doing so they whet the appetite of their listeners in
The foreign leagues to the detriment of the local league.
They run commentaries on the various European leagues.
Tune in to a sports show and 70% of the discussion is
Centred on the European leagues.
How do we get ourselves out of this situation, just as
The president said the Ghana football association
Should be up and doing. The rules of the association
Must be adhered to and whoever act against it must be
Punished irrespective of the club or individual's position
In Ghana football.
Employ the services of marketing and branding experts
To brand our league and make it appealing to the
Corporate world. The clubs must also do same. Our
Local players must sign professional contracts and be
Imagine a player pocketing Ghc200 (about $ 75 a
Month) this is preposterous and the FA must ensure
That players are paid very well.
When all these are done then we can resort to the
Proposal by Sanni Daara some months ago to ban the telecast of
European games on free to air television and radio
Stations. Let’s do our homework first.
Story: Gyane Ansong Festus.