Make World Cup Qualification Special Projects - Osei Palmer Urges Ghana Football Association
President of Tema Youth FC, Wilfred Kwaku Osei believes the surest way to qualify Ghana to the FIFA World Cup again is to run the Black Stars along professional lines.
According to the astute football administrator, the nation should treat qualification to the FIFA World Cup as a whole project with the target of reaching the last four stage in order to reap the huge financial gains attached to that feat.
“The Black Stars must be run purely on professional grounds. It simply means that when we have the World Cup, we should treat it as a project,” the former Black Stars Management Committee chairman told the Graphic Sports in an exclusive interview.
Ghana failed to qualify for the last edition of the Mundial hosted in Russia.
“You and I know the financial reward in qualifying for the World Cup. If I were in the saddle, I will treat the World Cup as a commercial venture.
“Whatever we have to spend to get to the World Cup I will do it, and when we go to the tournament I will target the semi-finals,” he explained.
Osei Palmer also opined that, if Ghana earned $8million as participation fee at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, then it means the nation stood the chance of earning more money if the players could be motivated to progress further in the competition.
“These boys (players) I know them; all you have to do is to be transparent with them.
"If we get about $20 million from the World Cup, what else can’t we do?
“We can run a lot of projects such as building the right infrastructure and ensure that the right things are in place. There is the need for us to take a second look at the way we do our things.
“Until we begin to do the right thing, things will not go the way we want," he added.