Mr. George Afriyie, the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Football Association has outlined the setbacks his outfit faced in the just ended year 2017.
Uncle George as he is popularly called, spoke on Asempa FM’s Ultimate Sports Show on Tuesday morning.
2018 World Cup Fiasco
“One of the set backs for Ghana football in 2017 was our failure to qualify for the World Cup. On a scale of 1-10,I will give the GFA 5 in 2017”.
He went on to accept the fact that GFA take all the blame for the all wrongs that happened to Ghana’s Football in 2017.
“GFA should be blamed for all the things that went wrong in Ghana football last year. I always want things to go well for the two big clubs of the country Kumasi Asante Kotoko_SC and Accra HeartsOf Oak because when they do well it increases patronage”. He lamented
The Chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee emphasized on the problem of player exodus which is affecting Ghana’s league.
Our league will do very well if we are able to retain our best players in the league.
“It’s high time we put structures in place to ensure that club owners are in good standing financially before they are allowed to run clubs”.
On Government’s support
“The GFA is not independent when it comes to funding from government. I sometimes believe that we don’t receive the necessary support from Government because we have not packaged ourselves well”, the owner of Okyeman Planners said.
Juvenile Football and Liberty Professionals
Mr. Afriyie admitted that the bases of Ghana’s football problem is lack of attention for Juvenile Football and that the GFA would need to pay more attention to that sector.
“Going forward, the GFA will pay critical attention to juvenile football in Ghana because it is the core of our problems”.
He also denied the recent rumours that his Premier League side Liberty Professionals have been put up for sale as managemnt do not have the needed financial backing to handle the club. “Liberty Professionals FC has not been put on sale”. He stated.