Monday Jun 15, 2020. 09:00
Kennedy Agyapong, a Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central in Ghana, claims that politicians have ruined the country’s football.
Ghana did not qualify for the last World Cup, have come no closer to ending their long wait for a first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1982, and the local game was thrown into disarray last season by a corruption scandal which necessitated a temporary takeover from FIFA.
The current Ghana Premier League season is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a decision on the status of the campaign set to be made by the end of the month.
“Let me tell you today, politicians destroyed soccer in Ghana. Some politicians who started meddling in soccer led to its death in Ghana,” Agyapong told Oman FM, as quoted by Football Ghana.
“This is because some of the coaches are forced to use certain players according to the wish of these politicians. The coaches have no choice than to heed to the orders because they don’t want to lose their jobs.”
The MP continued, “The media is also supposed to be blamed for the failure of soccer in Ghana. Instead of promoting the local teams when I come here all I hear is Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona.
“The same devotion to these foreign games if you did that for the Ghanaian team, would have built their confidence and morale to improve their standards. But today Ghanaians support Liverpool, some support Chelsea, some support Barcelona, some support Manchester, Real Madrid.
“Blacks are fools they don’t support their own unless it’s for a white person that’s why they are killing us. So if you want me to support Kotoko again then the media should start promoting the local teams and league.”