By Aristo Dotse

Where has Ghana’s natural football talents gone to? Where is the DNA that gave birth to the uncountable gifted talents that graciously graced football in Ghana so rampantly in the past and brought so much success and pure happiness to Ghanaian football? These are some of the telling observations and pertinent questions that have confronted Ghanaian football, especially the local game, for some good time now.

Lamentably, most or majority of the followers of Ghanaian football have in recent years wondered and cried about the acute decline in the great quality or talents of Ghanaian players, especially in a good part of the last decade – which has been a far cry from the gifted talents who consistently graced Ghanaian football in the past, from the period of the beginning of association football in Ghana in the mid-to-late 1950s until very recently. Truly, it’s very sad now how Ghanaian football, especially on the domestic front, no longer has enough of such great talents it used to have and this is the big lamentation for some time now.

There are those, although a few of them, who oppose the general view of the Ghanaian football faithful that Ghana still has some quality talents, because one or two players are undeniably talented and doing quite okay. The future looks highly promising with new kids on the block like Mohamed Kudus, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, but recent developments or results in Ghanaian football, at both club and national team levels, suggest or back the view held by the vast majority that the good quality of Ghanaian players is acutely limited, for which reason Ghanaian football has also been dead or sick for quite a good time now.

Lamenting very recently, Kwabena Yeboah, the veteran Ghanaian football writer, commentator and presenter, who is the president of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana [SWAG], made a telling and interesting observation after Hearts and Kotoko produced an uninspiring goalless draw game in the Ghanaian derby of last season.

He pointed out: “Sorry folks, no disrespect. I’ve been privileged to watch a number of Kotoko vs Hearts matches since 1970 when indeed as a kid my uncle would take me to the stadium. I’ve been privileged to watch some truly exciting ones like the 3-0 Kotoko handed to Hearts in Accra as well as the 4-3 Hesse Odamtten ensured Hearts taught Kotoko a lesson in resilience in Kumasi.

“Not all the games were great. I watched some average ones, of course. But what I witnessed this afternoon will go down as the worst. Good Lord, save Ghana football. Maybe a number of them (young journalists of today) have not been privileged to witness those truly enthralling matches of old. Today, it was mainly a comedy of errors. Apart from flashes of brilliance from Moro Ibrahim, all the players were so average, really average. Don’t forget this is our ‘Clasico’. And I don’t think we did ourselves any favours.

Recent struggles

The most recent struggles or failures by the Black Stars A and B teams, Black Queens and Accra Hearts of Oak, and general poor performances within the last five years, at least, by various Ghanaian clubs and national teams in international competitions are major and defining reasons to accept the fact that Ghanaian football is dead, most notably at club or domestic level, largely due to generally poor quality players.

The delayed 2020 Championship of African Nations, the CAF competition for home-based African players that is popularly known by its abbreviated name of the CHAN, went off successfully in the midst of Covid-19 in Cameroon in January and February earlier this year without Ghana who failed to qualify for the third time in a row since reaching the final in their last appearance in 2014 in South Africa. Ghana had been eliminated, for the second successive time, by a Burkina Faso side that could not even survive the group stage in Cameroon.

Accra Hearts of Oak are currently double Ghanaian champions but their poor exit from this season’s African Champions League in the second round is not inspiring at all for Ghanaian football. The Phobians may be undisputed champions in Ghana but they are simply not up to the level in Africa as their massive defeat [6-2 on aggregate] at the hands of Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Casablanca suggested.

Similarly, Asante Kotoko bowed out from the Champions League in the second round last season, although on technical grounds after losing the first leg at home to Sudanese side El Merreikh. They got demotion to the Confederation Cup but couldn’t use the life-line they got, bowing out in the very first tie against Algerian side Entete Setif with both home and away defeats. Also last year, they got early elimination from Africa while Ashanti Gold, who had long lost out in their first round encounter in the Champions League, also suffered the same fate last year.

“Failure for Ghana to qualify for the CHAN for three consecutive tournaments – from 2016 to 2020 – and Ghanaian clubs, most notably Kotoko and Ashanti Gold and very recently Hearts, to even advance to the latter rounds in African clubs competitions, let alone reach the group stages, are big concerns and say a lot about the poor quality of Ghanaian football, domestically, in recent years.”

The Black Queens again won’t be at the next African Women’s Championship in 2022 and for that matter the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 because they could not withstand a weak Nigerian side they had a good chance of defeating after losing 2-1 on aggregate to them in the first round of the qualifiers for Morocco 2022.

Even, the Black Stars are not doing so well of late. Although, Ghana are sitting well in the race for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup and they are capable of toppling South Africa to win their group for the next and final stage of the qualifiers, their performance so far have not been too impressive.

And not forgetting, a selection of some local players for a so-called Ghana U-24 team suffered humiliations from Japan in 6-0 and 4-0 defeats, before another 2-1 loss South Korea, in the recent infamous Asian tour.

Admittedly, failure for Ghana to qualify for the CHAN for three consecutive tournaments – from 2016 to 2020 – and Ghanaian clubs, most notably Kotoko and Ashanti Gold and very recently Hearts, to even advance to the latter rounds in African clubs competitions, let alone reach the group stages, are big concerns and say a lot about the poor quality of Ghanaian football, domestically, in recent years.

“The quality of Ghanaian players of today and the last ten to 15 years, particularly the local ones, leaves a lot to desire and is a matter opened to question and discussion. Where is the DNA that gave birth to the countless gifted talents over the years in the distant past?”

Great players through the years

From the early heroes like C.K Gyamfi, Baba Yara, Aggrey Fynn, Edward Acquah, Ibrahim Sunday, Osei Kofi, just to mention a few, through the memorable days of Mohammed Polo, Adolf Armah, Abdul Razak, Opoku Nti, Dan Owusu, Opoku Afriyie, George Mustapha Alhassan, Emmanuel Quarshie, Abedi Pele, Anthony Yeboah, Shamo Quaye, Joe Debrah, Ablade Kumah, Nii Odartey Lamptey, Samuel Osei Kuffour, etc., to the most recent times of the likes of Stephen Appiah, Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Ishmael Addo, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Charles Taylor, Andre Ayew, Ghana have not only seen too many, just too many, great talents that have not only graced Ghanaian football – domestically, nationally and internationally –in the many years gone by but also helped, to a large extent, to shape it and make it all happen.

Ghanaian players and proud landmarks in Africa

Apart from Ghana being the first country to win the African of Cup of Nations three times and a further fourth time, and first African country to win an Olympic football medal and the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Ghana have seen some of its players made the country proud with some remarkable individual feats in the history of African football.

C.K. Gyamfi, one of the first top-most players in Ghana and coach in three of Ghana’s four African Nations Cup titles to become the first of two coaches to win the competition three times, was the first African to play professional football in Germany. He signed for Fortuna Dusseldorf in 1960, just like Ibrahim Sunday was the first African to play in the German top-flight, Bundesliga, with Werder Bremen in the mid-1970s.

When the famous France Football magazine started to give the African Footballer of the Year award in 1970, Sunday, a talented midfielder who captained Kotoko to win the African Cup in 1971 and also coached them to victory in 1983, won the second edition in 1971 as the first Ghanaian to be crowned. Robert Mensah, regarded by the older generation as Ghana’s best ever goalkeeper, placed second to Sunday.

Around the same time in 1972, defender John Eshun captained an African XI side for the Brazil Independence Cup, an invitational international tournament called ‘Mini Copa’ by the Brazilians to mark Brazil’s 150th independence anniversary celebration. Together with Egypt, Ghana had the highest contingent of three players in the 18-man squad that also played in the Afro-Latin Games in Mexico. The other two Ghanaians were forwards Edward Acquah and Malik Jabir.

Abedi Ayew Pele
Abedi Ayew Pele

That was a long time, a quarter of a century, before Abedi Ayew, the ‘Pele’ and maestro of African football, emulated Eshun and led Africa as captain and inspirer to beat Europe in a specially arranged friendly game as part of the European Union’s ‘Year Against Racism’ observance in January 1997. He didn’t only score the opening goal, a wonderful chip over great Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, in the 2-1 victory at the famous Benfica Stadium of Light in Lisbon but also shone, as usual, with his brilliant all-action performance in Portugal.

The former Ghana captain had earlier shone brighter, winning the UEFA man-of the-match award in his side Olympique Marseille’s victory over AC Milan in the 1993 European Champions League final, to become the first African to achieve that feat. Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o emulated that achievement in 2006. And it was Abedi’s second European Cup final, making him again the first African outfield player to feature twice in the final after Zimbabwean goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar [1984, 1985], before compatriot Samuel Osei Kuffour became the second and so far last Ghanaian to replicate it in 2001.

Abedi Pele also won the first CAF African Footballer of the Year award in 1992 to help him become the first three-time winner of the African Player of the Year title the following year. And when the BBC began their African Player of the Year award in 1992, he was again the first winner, long before his son and current Ghana captain Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew succeeded Asamoah Gyan – winner in 2010 – in 2011. Mean-while, Gyan is proudly still Africa’s all-time top scorer in FIFA World Cup history since 2014.

It’s a shame that since Abedi last won the African Footballer of the Year crown in 1993, no Ghanaian player has won it 27 years on. Only three players have been able to come close, Samuel Osei Kuffour [1999, 2001], Michael Essien [2007] and Gyan [2010] being unlucky as runner-ups – same feats by Adolf Armah and Opoku Nti in 1979 and 1983 respectively. Essien was also third in 2008 as was Andre Ayew in 2011.

Another proud moment for Ghana was the Black Stars’ 3-3 draw with Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puska’s Real Madrid in August 1962. That was the great Madrid team that won the first five European Cups, from 1956 to 1960, but Ghana was a real match for them at the Accra Stadium.

The same venue also witnessed another memorable moment in 1969 when Accra Hearts of Oak held Pele’s Santos of Brazil to a 2-2 draw in a friendly game. With Pele, the best player in the world at the time and still widely regarded today as the greatest ever, Santos – who were regarded the world’s best team in the 1960s – were Brazilian champions for five consecutive years [1961-1965] and 1968, South American and world [inter-continental] champions in 1962 and 1963, and inter-continental super champions in 1968. But they could not beat Hearts on their African tour in a match the Ghanaian giants would have won if not because of a perfectly disallowed third goal.

Club football – glorious days and recent decline

It is mostly in domestic football where Ghana has been lacking seriously in quality in at least the last 15 years, especially since after the mid-2000s when Ghana’s two biggest clubs and rivals Hearts and Kotoko made history when they played in the all-Ghana final in the maiden CAF Confederation Cup, which is a merger competition of the old African Cup-Winners’ Cup and CAF Cup.

In that that historic final which Hearts won on penalty shoot-out after 2-2 on aggregate in the two-legged affair, the two giants, who have won a total of five African club trophies between them, all in the distant past, truly made Ghanaian football proud in Africa. It was the first and so far one of only two times the CAF Confederation Cup final featured two clubs from the same country.

Since that era in the early to mid-2000s when the likes of Emmanuel Osei Kuffour [top scorer when Hearts won the CAF Champions League in 2000], Ishmael Addo [second of only two players to win three consecutive goal-king titles in the history of the Ghanaian top division league], Charles Taylor, Stephen Oduro, Sammy Adjei, Amankwah Mireku, Jacob Nettey, Stephen Tetteh, Bernard Dong Bortey and a few others helped make club football, domestically and internationally, thick and something to talk and cheer about, Ghana sadly have lacked so much in quality talents on the local scene. This is to the extent that it has greatly contributed to the sharp decline in the quality and standard in the local game and negatively affected some interest in and patronage of local club football in Ghana.

It is so simple: if the quality or standard is good, not even the big interest in the English Premier League and European football can stop fans from going to the stadium again, like we have all witnessed occasionally this season and few past ones. But unfortunately, the quality of players and for that matter teams generally have been very poor, with nothing really to cheer about.

And worse as a result, Ghanaian clubs can no longer stand the test in Africa. So, quite correctly, the poor quality of local players is also, undoubtedly, the main reason why Ghanaian clubs are no longer able to do well and favourably compete in Africa.

This is very sad for a country that used to have its clubs make a strong impact in Africa – which has seen Kotoko [nine], Hearts [six], and Goldfields [one] play in a total of 16 African finals. This includes 11 African Cup/Champions League finals, two Super Cup finals by Hearts, a sole Cup-Winners’ Cup final that Kotoko lost to Moroccan side WAC in 2002 and the historic Hearts-Kotoko Confederation Cup final clash.

The African Champions Club Cup, started in 1964, became the Champions League in 1997 when the then Obuasi Goldfields reached the final to lose to Raja Casablanca on penalty shoot-out. Ghana got two slots for its clubs – league champions and runner-up – in 2004 when the number of participating teams was increased, but eventually the country lost one of its two places few years later owing to poor performances by its clubs in the Champions League. Unfortunately, it has not only remained so but also the sole Ghanaian representatives have always failed to make any meaningful impact to help Ghana regain its two places in the competition. The story of poor performances is the same in the CAF Confederation Cup.

This worrying matter of low quality of present-day home based players has also contributed to weak national teams in recent years, aside the Black Stars team A – which has been dominated by foreign based players for some good time now. The Black Stars B [local] team and Black Meteors have suffered as a result, failing to qualify for the last three CHAN [Championship of African Nations] tournaments and the last four Olympic Games respectively. The Black Starlets [except 2007], Black Satellites [2009, 2013 and 2021 excluded] and even women’s football have all suffered due to lack of quality players.

Four-time African champions – and still waiting; Black Queens lose their way

Similarly on the international stage, Ghana has been lacking in the African Cup of Nations competition since last winning it for a then record fourth time in 1982 in Libya.

Since that time when Ghana introduced a 17-year-old Abedi Pele, who would later grow up to be arguably Africa’s best ever player, to the world as the youngest player of the tournament, Cameroon and Egypt have won five African Nations Cup trophies each. Meanwhile, Ghana is still waiting for an elusive fifth title, although they have reached the final on three occasions since then, in 1992, 2010 and 2015.

Even, the women’s game has lost its way instead of progressing, with the Black Queens, the senior women’s national team, falling behind their peers in Africa.

When women’s football started in Africa in the mid-1990s after FIFA introduced women’s football and first held the Women’s World Cup in 1991, Ghana was the second best in Africa, only behind Nigeria. No wonder, the Black Queens became the first senior Ghana team to qualify for the World Cup, making the 3rd FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999 and then qualifying for the next two, in 2003 and 2007.

Ghana's Black Queens team of '99
Ghana’s Black Queens team of ’99

That was a time when Ghana had such brilliant women players like Alberta Sackey [African Women’s Player of the Year 2002], Patience Sackey, Adwoa Bayor [2003 African Player of the Year], Vivian Mensah, Juliana Kakraba, Nana Ama Gyamfua, Elizabeth Baidu, Lydia Ankrah, Sheila Okai, Memunatu Sulemana [the indefatigable goalkeeper], Mavis Djagmah, Genevive Clottey, Florence Okoe, and so on.

But unfortunately, their exit went with the brilliance and success and Ghana now have fallen behind the likes of Cameroon, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and even Cote d’ivoire in Africa. This is sad at a time when there is far more interest and involvement, and some money and investment in the women’s game, not only in Ghana but also on the African continent and across the world.

After appearing in three consecutive World Cups, Ghana have failed to qualify for any of the last four Women’s World Cups, and they won’t be there in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. Even when a big opportunity came and Ghana hosted the last African Women Championship in 2018, the Queens disappointed again by failing to come out of their group in a tournament which had three places up for grabs for the last FIFA Women’s World Cup, France 2019.

And like their senior colleagues [Black Queens] and present-day male counterparts [Starlets and Satellites], the Black Maidens [Women’s U-17 side] and Black Princesses [Women’s U-20 side] only play and compete without making any impact, sometimes being hammered and well beaten like France [4-1] and the Netherlands [4-0] dished out to the Princesses at the 2018 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in France.

So what’s the problem?

So what has happened or stopped Ghana from producing such natural, gifted talents like those many of the past on the local scene in particular? Has gifted talents stopped being born? Or has God stopped giving Ghanaian mothers the gifted football children He used to give them?

There are a number of factors why, and while definite answers continue to be searched for this important question, C.K. Akonnor, former Ghana captain and until recently now coach of the Black Stars made a telling observation in a TV interview when he was in charge of Kotoko.

The brilliant left winger, one of the best Ghanaian players of his generation who made his name with Okwahu United and Obuasi Goldfields before going to Europe, lamented about the poor quality of players and suggested the fundamental problem to be the death of juvenile football [popularly called colts] in Ghana and inadequate or non-existing proper grooming of players from the junior and youth levels.

“Since I started coaching over 10 years ago, only a few [players] have been consistent. It’s terrible. We have to find out why”, he noted. “Ghanaian players are no longer able to play consistent football. Our youth football is not good enough. I am a coach and I know what I am talking about. You see a 24, 25 year-old player and expect him to do this and that but nothing. No one has taught him any thing. We need to do more for our youth football.

“Coaches are suffering because the basics [from players] are not there. The absence of colts football is a big problem. We have the academies but they are not really helping.”

Akonnor is not the only one to make such an observation. Many have cited the same as the biggest reason for lack of enough quality players on Ghana’s local football front, especially, and one of them is Francis Oti-Akenteng. The veteran Ghanaian coach has had a long career, handling many clubs and being involved with almost all the national teams. The man who recently left his long-term role as the technical director of Ghanaian football also makes his point.

“One of the main problems is the exodus of players. Some time ago, players stay and some of them play their entire career here. But now things are changed and they keep on going out, leaving the local league without the best players”, he pointed out. “But I think the biggest reason for shortage of quality players is lack of proper player development. The loss of colts football and lack of competitive football among the football academies are two serious issues that need to be addressed.”

Colts football and Ghana’s success at junior and youth levels

Juvenile football, no doubt, contributed a lot to producing many fine players for Ghana in the past. The days are gone when colts players went straight from colts football to the top division or the one below and made their names in Ghanaian football.

For instance, Abedi Pele – the 1978 Ghanaian Colts Player of the Year – and Abu Imoro moved straight from Great Farcos to Real Tamale United where they first made their names and became national stars before Abedi ended up as French and European champion and Africa’s top-most player with Marseille in France.

Another fine example is the case of Accra Great Olympics, one of Ghana’s most famous clubs. The period 1995 to 1999 was one of the most exciting times in the history of the ‘Wonder Club’. With a young team, the youngest squad in the Premier League at the time, Olympics really made life difficult for many sides.

With youngsters like Godwin Attram, Laryea Kingston, Dan Quaye, Osei Boateng, Aziz Ansah, Awuley Quaye Junior, David Amoako, Joshua Amui Quaye and others, they were a talented group that gave sides all sorts of problems. Almost all of these young players had been poached together straight from Accra colts club Cowlane Babies who had just been crowned Accra colts champions in 1994.

They went on to form a core of the Ghana Under-15 in the same year and later the Ghana Under-17 team that reached the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Egypt 1997 and lost to Ronaldinho’s Brazil, with Attram as the team’s captain and top player, and also the Ghana Under-20 team which won the 1999 African Youth Championship on home soil. One of them, midfielder Laryea, who would later become an important part of the Black Stars team that qualified for two successive World Cups [2006 and 2010], was the tournament winner with the only goal against Nigeria.

Aside this, colts football produced the many beautiful youngsters who helped to form very strong and talented junior and youth teams for Ghana to be such a strong force in Africa and the world at large in the past. Brilliant products of colts football like Nii Lamptey, Preko, Dan Addo, Duah, Owu, Barnes, Alex Opoku, Isaac Asare, Kofi Nimo, Abdul Karim Migima, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Gargo, Fameyeh, AwuduIssaka, Stephen Appiah, Abu Iddrissu, Christian Saba, Emmanuel Bentil, Yartey, Attram, Laryea, Ishmael Addo, Dong Bortey, Stephen Tetteh, Razak Ibrahim, Derek Boateng, just to mention some, all contributed to make Ghana a major success in junior and youth football and brought so much joy to Ghanaians with their wonderful skills.

It’s curious to know that all of Ghana’s success in junior and youth football, apart from the Black Satellites’ double African and world triumphs in 2009 and third-place finish at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, came at a period spanning 12 years between 1989 and 2001 when colts football was still active in the country.

After making its first appearance at the 3rd FIFA Under-16 World Cup in Scotland in 1989, when the Black Starlets and particularly Nii Lamptey impressed the world and king Pele in particular, Ghana played in four consecutive grand finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. They won in 1991 and 1995 and lost in 1993 and 1997, before reaching the semi-final and finishing third in 1999. This is a very remarkable feat – no country has ever played in four successive finals in any FIFA competition. Argentina and Brazil at the U-20s, and Germany and Brazil at senior level, have played in three finals each on the trot, but not like Ghana’s four at the U-17 level.

Similarly, the U-20 side, Black Satellites, made up of mostly players of the 1991 U-17 World Cup triumph, also played in the FIFA World Youth Championships final in 1993, after winning the 1993 African version in Mauritius. The Satellites reached the semi-finals in both Morocco ‘97 and Malaysia ‘97 and played in another World Youth Championship final in 2001, losing to hosts Argentina, before they finally won Africa’s only World Cup title at Under-20 level in 2009.

At a higher level, at the Under-23, the Black Meteors, mostly a combination of the highly talented Starlets players of 1989 and 1991 and Satellites 1991 [champions of the ECOWAS Cup in Nigeria in 1991] made African history in 1992 in Barcelona in becoming the first African side to win a medal [bronze] in the football competition at the Olympic Games.

Collapse of colts football, rise of football academies and Ghana’s decline in junior and youth football

No wonder, Ghana has failed in recent years, since the death of colts football in a decade and over now, to make any impact in junior and youth football and also Olympic football, until earlier this year when the Satellites brought some cheer in the misdt of the gloom with victories at the U20 WAFU [West Africa Football Union] Championship and then the big one itself, Africa U20 Cup.

It’s so sad to say a country that used to be giants of world junior and youth football now find it pretty tough to qualify for even the African stage now-a-days. And when they do, like at the Under-17 World Cup in India in 2017 and 2019 Under-20 African Cup, they go and come back empty handed or so early from the competition.

The gradual demise of colts football coincided with the birth of modern-day business of sports in football academies. But the problem in Ghana is that there are only a few proper football academies. There was the successful Feyenoord academy, born out of the Starlets’ incredible performance at the 1995 U17 World Cup, and now West Africa Football Academy [WAFA], which is a merger of the Feyenoord and Red Bull academies. The Right to Play academy is also one good academy that has helped produce one or two fine players for Ghana. However, the rest of the academies are mostly in name and not in the real sense of the word.

And very importantly, the academies in Ghana don’t really focus on teaching the boys the basics of football but rather just finding European opportunities for the one or two very good boys in their ranks. So the main point for the academies is quickly selling players more than really producing polished diamonds – which the colts was doing better.

And unlike in Europe where football academies engage in competitive football at home and abroad throughout the season, academies in Ghana only play on non-competitive basis as there is no organised competition for football academies. And truly, competitive and friendly football are never the same. So academies, although a good option for young player development, can never substitute traditional colts football which let players learned so much the basics of the game and made them very competitive and readily ready for top-flight football in Ghana.

Way forward

With the changed times in Ghana, it would be very difficult to return to something like the colts football we used to have. The likes of those passionate football lovers like Pallas [late] of Olympics Babies, Great Farcos’ Oluman [who discovered and natured Abedi Pele] and Kamaru [late], Henry Aryee [late] of BT International, Yaw La Danso [late] of Kotobabi Powerlines, Percy of Adabraka Hearts Babies, etc., football-loving men who owned colts clubs and dedicated their lives to them without getting any financial rewards in return, are no more.

The only thing is for the country, through the government, to re-organise colts football by investing big money into it as a way of proper youth development. Or make sure football academies are well organised, supported and involved in competitive academy football for proper development of young players.

It is one sure way that Ghana can develop better young players for the future and regain its football. Without any real financial investment in reviving and re-organising colts football or supporting the academies to be strong and competitive, the lost quality of Ghanaian players can never be regained, and the local league would continue to be without the true quality players Ghana used to produce and enjoy.

In this regard, it is refreshing that the Ghana Football Association [GFA] has taken notice and decided to revive colts football, with the president Kurt Okraku – who knows enough about colts football and has experience in it, having being involved in it in the past with Jawara Babies FC – taking the mantle himself as the head of his football association’s committee for colts football to lead its re-organisation and revival.

“Gifted talents are born, which Ghanaian parents seem not to be doing for some time now, but the expectation is that the reborn of colts football would help develop some talented players for Ghanaian football and help bring back some of the good quality players who generally have been missing in the country’s football, especially on the home front, for some good years now.”


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