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08.03.2006 Football News

Retired footballer ask footballers to be patriotic

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Kumasi, March 8, GNA - A retired footballer has asked Ghanaian footballers to change their attitude towards national call to enable the Black Stars live up to expectation at the World Cup in Germany this year.

He said they have to be patriotic and let the national interest override their club interest.

Mr Fayez Hage, a former player of Great Ashanti's Football Club said this after donating four sets of billard tablecloth worth 13 million cedis to the Kumasi Club on Monday.

The cloth is to replace the aged surface clothes of the billard tables of the Club so as to bring them to standards to enhance the performance of players at competitions.

Mr Hage who now plays golf and is a snooker enthusiast, asked Ghanaians to stop blaming the coach of the Black Stars, Ratomir Dujkovic for the team's recent poor performance times and rather give him the needed support.

He wondered why the fans who showered praises on the coach for qualifying Ghana to the World Cup for the first time were now making him a scapegoat after the team's abysmal performance at the CAN 2006 in Egypt and the match against Mexico last week in spite of the fact that some key players failed to respond to national call.

Mr Hage advocated a multi-sectoral approach to the nation's bid to make a successful debut in Germany, adding that, "we should all contribute our quota to realise our dream". Nana Pware Kankam, Krontihene of Juaso in the Asante Akim South District and a member of the Kumasi Club, commended Mr Hage for his concern in promoting snooker. He called on stakeholders in sports to invest in snooker to heighten the interest of the youth in the game since it had the potential to win laurels for the nation at international competitions when given the needed attention.