FIFA/CAF liaison team assures national teams of support

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The FIFA/CAF liaison team in a photograph with the players after their interaction

The chairman of the FIFA-appointed liaison team for Ghana football, Dr Kofi Amoah, has assured three national teams in camp of the government’s support to help them achieve their dreams in their upcoming international tournaments.

The two-man liaison team appointed jointly by FIFA and the government of Ghana to coordinate national teams programmes, on Tuesday interacted with the three teams -- the national Under-20 female team (Black Princesses), national Under-20 male team (Black Satellites) and the national Under-17 team (Black Starlets) --  currently camping at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram ahead of their upcoming assignments.

Ghana's Princesses are participating in the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in France, the Satellites are preparing to play Benin in the the third round qualifier for the 2019 Africa Under-20 Championship, while the Starlets are preparing for the WAFU Under-17 Championship in Niger in September.

Dr Amoah, who was accompanied by Francis Oti Akenten, the other member of the liaison team and their spokesperson, Dan Kweku Yeboah, assured the players that the impasse between the government and the Ghana Football Association, which has seen organised football suspended in the wake of an exposé  on widespread corruption in Ghana football, would in no way affect their activities. 

“You have heard what is happening or happened with Ghana football but I don’t want you to be disturbed. I want you to know that the government and the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, support you and will not do anything to take away your dreams. If anything at all, he will do what he can to help you accomplish your dreams,” he said.

While assuring the players of the government’s support, Dr Amoah challenged the players to work hard at their respective tourneys to bring glory to the nation and also to be ambassadors of good behaviours while representing the country.

“This business of sports is a collective activity where you are at the apex and everybody is trying to assist. But as in any endeavour worthy of pursuit, you must be honest with yourselves that this is something you want to do and so you listen to your coaches and your technical people who are here to support you to develop."

Dr Amoah, a former member of the GFA management board, personally gave each member of the Princesses $100 to motivate them ahead of their departure today for Spain for final brush up for the August 5 - 24 U-20 Women's World Cup in France.

Also, the liaison team held a closed door meeting with the technical handlers of the teams before interacting with the players.

In attendance were Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah; Black Queens coach, Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo; Princesses coach, Yusif Basigi; Starlets coach, Abdul-Karim Zito and his assitant, Yaw Preko, as well as back room staff of the teams.