Ghana must adopt a long term plan to rewrite the wrongs in our football - Akufo Addo

Football News Ghana must adopt a long term plan to rewrite the wrongs in our football - Akufo Addo
FEB 27, 2024 LISTEN

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo asserts that it is crucial for Ghana to adopt a long-term strategy to address the nation's football challenges.

The Black Stars' recent performances have raised concerns about the future of football in the country as the quest for success continues.

Ghana's elimination in the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d'Ivoire, under former coach Chris Hughton, was particularly disappointing.

In his State of the Nation Address on February 27, President Akufo-Addo expressed disappointment at the team's performance, which he believes contradicted the players' expectations.

He stated, "The recent AFCON in Cote d'Ivoire was probably the lowest point of the Black Stars' performance, and it has left the nation in sorrow. However, I am confident that the players and the technical team would have wanted to make our nation proud, and I believe that captain Andre Dede Ayew sincerely apologized on behalf of his teammates to all Ghanaians for the team's early exit."

To address the declining state of Ghanaian football, the President aims to introduce a 'Presidential Policy on Football' to tackle these challenges.

He emphasized the importance of a long-term vision, saying, "I believe it is time for us to adopt a long-term, forward-thinking approach to rectify what has gone wrong. We need to revive talent scouting, development, and nurturing at the grassroots level through a Presidential Policy on Football that I plan to introduce."

"The Ministry of Education's sports department will collaborate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in partnership with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), to establish district, regional, and national junior teams for both boys and girls. The more than 150 astro turf pitches built across the country under this administration provide the foundational infrastructure to start with, and we aim to construct more. We should expect to see a consistent flow of talent from junior teams to the senior sides based solely on merit."

Ghana's most recent successes in African football include the U-20 AFCON victory in Mauritania in 2021 by the Black Satellites and the Black Princesses' triumph in the inaugural WAFU B Girls' Cup in Kumasi in June 2023.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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