GFA is an association of club football investors and reps from other key Stakeholders. Members vote for Leadership into office in Congress.
What happens at Party delegates voting for leaders is the same as how Football folks choose their leaders. You cannot demand leaders to get lost just as you cannot ask the same for leaders in Gov’t.
Change is only possible via voting after the full term is served.
The role of GFA is not only delivering excellent results for the national teams they manage. Managing Regional Football competitions, Division One and Premier League as well as the FA Cup and other competitions are the other significant businesses of the GFA.
Talking about the role of managing national teams, we must appreciate that there are a lot of underlying factors that affect the performance of national teams. Availability of talents, motivation, preparation and quality of management and Technical team all matter.
I am not holding briefs for anyone. Let’s face the truth, the writings were on the wall loud and clear. We compete with other nations who also want glory. We must admit that nations we used to whip have caught up with us and some have surpassed us. We cannot continue living on our past glory. It’s time for a reality check.
Our local club’s performance at CAF Competitions is a true measure of the state of our game. National teams are supposed to feature top-grade club talents. So when our U17, 20, 23, CHAN and the Black Stars are performing miserably like we are experiencing, why are we blaming Technical heads and national team managers?
We need not look far.
The problem is obvious. It is the unsustainable business model Ghanaian Clubs have been operating for some 30 years now – upgrading to Professional Clubs without the management and financial means. Clubs are compelled to operate like Academies – breeding Talents for quick sale next season?
We sell the outstanding emerging Stars who could attract fans and supporters in significant numbers to the parks on match days. Let me repeat. I posit that selling top talents prematurely is the root cause of all football wahala in Ogyakrom.
Sometimes we sell them to clubs we compete with in CAF competitions and lament when our clubs are beaten and embarrassed in these international competitions. Starless League attracts near-empty parks, resulting in low gate income, Advertisers and Sponsors shy away and TV rights value dwindles.
The effect of abysmal national teams and clubs’ performance on the international stage is felt in the value placed on our players by Scouts. This creates more pressure on Club managers to release more budding stars this time on loan – no cash business and the poverty cycle continues pushing our football into deeper trouble.
In our situation, where can we find high-grade players to form national teams? We look for Players from abroad. We virtually beg them to play for Ghana and complain they lack commitment and passion. We may hire Pep to coach the Black Stars – results will expose us.
We need to stop this ‘tonaton’ club football business model and aim at keeping high-grade soccer talents in our teams for 3/5 seasons so we can raise competitive club teams to compete at CAF competitions.
With good management of media, the fans will return to the parks to enjoy our new local stars. Advertisers and Sponsors will be attracted to open significant incomes for the clubs.
This can only happen with Sports Fund’s immediate establishment. National Lotteries Authority, Minerals and Petroleum Commissions must resource the Sports Fund.
The annual Presidential Corporate Dinner could be used to raise funds for the Sports Fund. A 5 member board with reputable characters and accomplishments can steer the Sports Fund.
The focus must be to impact the local clubs instantly to curb the Talents / Stars drain. Salary Support to afford to pay $1,000/$2,000 to deserving top talents, brand new team bus every 2 years old buses could be put on rental to open new income stream for clubs and transport Supporters to away match venues.
We must intentionally invest in our Premier League Clubs and Division One League clubs immediately and add the base the next day from the following year.
Create 2,000 seater, 5,000 and 10,000 seater stadia model drawings for clubs with corporate investment support to plant in our communities. We can now be talking about national teams with a local player base that can bring back the love and passion and meet our expectations.
Yes, Ghana Football can be great and strong again.