Despite the brouhaha and the folding of the very foundations of the Ghana Football Association following the expose by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, football in Ghana still has hope of being restored and excelling if the issues are resolved strategically, the right persons chosen to headline activities and the football system in the country is reorganized, this is according to Former Chairman of the GFA, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe.
Ghanaian football has been massively shaken following the release of an investigative peice by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, detailing the ‘rot’ and corruption in the Ghana Football Association and Ghanaian football on the whole.
Kwesi Nyantakyi and a number of referees and National Sports Authority officials were captured in the documentary, engaging in corrupt deals with some investors and taking bribes to influence the outcome of matches.
Dr. Tamakloe, speaking in an interview with Ghanaweb however believes that Ghanaian football can get back on its feet provided the requisite measures are put in place to ensure that.
He complained about the current situation where less skilled and talented footballers are churned out into local clubs and the quality of football now is nothing to write home about.
Previously he said, the love for ‘the game’ on the local level was very high as a result of the quality of players who featured in the local leagues, they made football ‘beautiful to watch’ he said, unlike today.
“I don’t think everything is lost yet, no”, he said.
“We don’t have footballers with skills now that is why people are losing interest, they prefer to watch the European leagues because the talents are there. Let them show some of the films of the past Black Stars footballers, now we have a Black Stars that you have to bribe your way to get in there, it has been shown”
“If we get talented footballers, they’ll draw people to the game. If by tomorrow Kotoko gets about 2,3 talented footballers, Hearts of Oaks the same thing, you’ll see what will happen”.
Dr. Tamakloe also spoke against the promotion of ‘unskilled and immature’ local players on the international market. Such persons he argues, are considered irrelevant on the European market because the required skills they need to stay in the competition with their colleagues out there is lacking.
“We have been pushing inexperienced small boys to Europe. Formally you get into a club, a young man, you get matured, you get the experience before a club looks for you outside but now even from 2nd division, they push you outside, become benchwarmers and when they get tired, they run around Asia and most of them are there doing nothing”.