World Cup: Africa’s performance a blot on continent—Graphic MD

Author: Peter Sarbah
Ransford Tetteh - Acting MD of Graphic

The acting Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) Ransford Tetteh believes the poor performance of the Africa countries at this year’s World Cup has made it difficult for the continent to argue for more slots.

According to him, based on what has happened with the Africa teams in Russia there would be no justifiable grounds on which the continent could present a strong argument for an increased slot after the five teams were all kicked out of the Group stage.

“What has happen at the World Cup is not good for Africa, it shows that when the opportunity comes to increase the numbers, they would be looking at our performance in 2018 and say should we increase the numbers or an increase would be disgraceful?” he said on Friday during a visit by Kenyan marathon athlete Samuel Mungara  to the GCGL offices.

To this, he charged the sporting media to take the responsibility of sanitising the way things are done in the sporting fraternity so that Africa can shed the tag of being often referred to as a dark continent.

The acting MD said those who were making things happen in other parts of the world are not supper humans but the only difference was their commitment and ability to play by the rules and want the media to take up the challenge to use their reportage to streamline the sports.

Mr Tetteh also said Ghana shared a lot with Tanzania and Kenya because of their membership as Commonwealth nations but noted that Ghana was ahead of them in football just as Kenya and Tanzania were stronger in track and field competitions and wish they could draw on their strengths for development.

“Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana, we are all Commonwealth nations, we are Africa nations as well so we share a lot in common, when it comes to football we must be ahead of you and when it comes to track and fields, Kenya and Tanzania would be the countries to look up to”, he said and added that they are all partners in development.

He was also disappointed in the collapse of colts football in the country which he said had negatively contributed to the collapse of football in the country because youth football used to be vibrant and served as a substitute for the country’s passion anytime the league was on recess.