By James K. Attaglo Wilson| firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Minister of Youth & Sports Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye has advised the sporting fraternity to dissociate politics out of football.
Speaking on the Asempa [94.7] FM Ultimate Sports Morning show on Wednesday, September 06 the Member of Parliament [MP] for the people of Odododiodoo constituency cautioned those in charge of managing football in Ghana to place development of the game above politics.
“I think we have gotten to a time that we extricate politics out of the game and that is the only way forward. I think we have to look at things tactically rather than the unnecessary politicking ” he said.
Nii Lante Vanderpuye also noted that the management style of the national team ought to be altered to embrace ideas from industry people who may not necessarily be management members of the various national teams but have the requisite managerial knowledge in football.
Meanwhile, the former sports minister [Nii Lante Vanderpuye] did not accept that he is responsible for the Black Stars’ smoke screen performance in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, especially Ghana’s first match in the campaign against the Cranes of Uganda which ended in a stalemate [0-0].
“How can I be responsible?,” he questioned the host of the show [Kwadwo Mensah Moshoosho].
“Will you blame the current minister [Isaac Asiamah] for the Black Stars drawn game against Congo in Kumasi last Friday,” he quizzed.
The President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi blamed Nii Lante Vanderpuye for the Black Stars inability to beat Uganda at the Tamale Sports Stadium but the former minister thinks otherwise.
There were lots of tension between members of the Ghana Football Association [GFA] and Nii Lante Vanderpuye during his reign at the ministry over issues only fit for the heavens to decide.