GHANA FOOTBALL – QUO VADIS?

GHANA FOOTBALL – QUO VADIS?
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For all those that have been worried that football commentators do not give much currency to the Ghana Premier League, I believe the happenings over the week end gave them an inkling as to why that situation persists.

Before even the ball was kicked in the top liner between the first and second positioned teams in the League that is Accra hearts of Oak and Wa All Stars, the Hearts Public Relations Officer (PRO), Opare Addo went on air to speak negatively about the officials that had been picked to handle that all important match.

Pic: Public Relations Officer of Hearts of Oak, K. Opare Addo

Pic: Public Relations Officer of Hearts of Oak, K. Opare Addo

That was the catalyst the supporters needed the moment things didn’t go the way of their club. The moment the first goal went in, the supporters threw water bottles and other implements onto the field of play. Again at the end of the match they threw implements onto the field and the match officials had to helped to safety by the police on duty. The irate fans then kept the officials at the stadium for over 35 minutes before the police once again escorted them to safety.

As if that was not disgraceful enough, Kumasi Asante Kotoko got were defeated by Aduans Stars over the week end to leave the Porcupine Warriors rooted to the bottom of the league table. Following the defeat, the management of the club asked the coach, David Duncan to step aside while his deputy Michael Osei took over the training in the interim.

But just a day after the decision was communicated to him, the coach defied the orders of the management and went to the club’s training grounds at Adako Jachie in a bid to handle the training of the team. However, to his surprise, he didn’t meet a single player nor any member of the technical team there.

Embattled Kotoko coach, David Duncan

Embattled Kotoko coach, David Duncan

What he didn’t know was that the management had moved the training of the team to the Kumasi sports stadium. Information has it that he put in place the club’s training and waited for the players in vain. When it dawned on him that he had been made a fool of, he left and went home. As a result of the incident and to ensure that it doesn’t recur, padlocks at the club’s training grounds have been replaced.

Later in the day, the team returned to their usual training grounds where the interim coach, Michael Osei took the players through their paces. The Life patron of the club, the Asantehene is also reported to visited the team at the training unannounced to watch the team train and spoken with the players and addressed the fans. He is also set to meet with the embattled coach later in the day.

Now this is Ghana for you. Where does this happen in this day and age? A coach of the club is asked to step aside and he refuses to oblige. What does he think would have happened if he had met the team at the training having been asked to stay away? Big time coaches like Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez to mention a few are sacked and they obliged. Why should it be different in Ghana? What Duncan did was to say the least shameful. He did the same thing when he was dismissed by Hearts and it’s about time he was brought to book.

What if he had met irate fans of the clubs who are very disenchanted with him and blame him for the woes and present position of the team at the training grounds? No matter who we are, we should learn to respect authority.

It’s good that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has charged Hearts of Oak for breach of articles 58 and 59  of the GFA Disciplinary Code and 35(1) (a), 35(3)(b), 35(4), 35(7)(a), and 35(7)(d) of the GFA General Regulations. The action of the fans to say the least was shameful.

Crest of Accra Hearts of Oak

Crest of Accra Hearts of Oak

I also expect the GFA to bring the Hearts PRO to book. Though he has apologised for his comments that incited the fans, it shouldn’t be left at that. If we want our football to go places and we expect our local leagues to be respected, we should stem such acts out of the system.

These are the two most glamorous clubs and they cannot and should not be allowed to bring the local game into disrepute.

 



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