26.01.2024 Football News

Former footballers must be given the chance to run football - Ex-Black Stars midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah

Former footballers must be given the chance to run football - Ex-Black Stars midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah
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Former Ghana international, Kwadwo Asamoah, is calling for a fundamental change in football management, urging the active involvement of former players who bring a wealth of expertise and experience.

Asamoah's remarks come in the wake of Ghana's disappointing performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where the team exited in the group stage, extending a pattern of early exits in major tournaments.

The Black Stars' attempt to end a 42-year trophy drought faced another setback, prompting Asamoah to emphasize the necessity for practical knowledge both on and off the pitch to rejuvenate football in Ghana.

"I believe we should provide more opportunities for footballers to be involved in managing football. While academic degrees are valuable, the insights that a footballer gains on and off the pitch through experience are unparalleled," expressed Asamoah on the Prrrr show of Kwadwo Sheldon Studios.

The former Juventus player stressed that academic qualifications alone might not be sufficient to tackle the challenges confronting Ghanaian football. Asamoah, 35, argued that the practical experience acquired by footballers during their playing careers equips them with crucial insights for enhancing the state of the game.

"So those kinds of things, I am not saying we should put all footballers. Probably their ideas and experiences. Most of the people at the FA haven't been to Europe to experience how football is; maybe we have people that are good in different ways," he added.

After playing a pivotal role for the Black Stars from 2008 to 2019, participating in 18 AFCON matches across four editions, Asamoah now contributes to football development by collaborating with his former club Juventus in operating a football academy in Ghana.

His push for the inclusion of former players in football management aims to bring a fresh perspective and practical insight to the challenges faced by the sport in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Tuesday relieved Black Stars coach Chris Hughton of his duties and is actively searching for a replacement. A five-member committee was unveiled earlier on Thursday, led by the association's vice president, Mark Addo.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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