Don’t make stakeholders meeting a talk show — J.E. Sarpong

BY: George Ernest Asare
Coach J.E. Sarpong
Coach J.E. Sarpong

Outspoken Coach J.E. Sarpong has challenged the Executive Committee members of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) not to use the ongoing stakeholders meeting in Cape Coast as a mere talk show, but come out with pragmatic measures that would address the lapses undermining the meaningful development of Ghana football.

He also tasked the GFA to come out with policies and programmes that would uplift its sinking image to make local football much more attractive for sponsorship from corporate bodies.

He alleged that nepotism was rife in Ghana football, hence the need for the meeting to come out with a blueprint which would rigidly promote justice among factions to speed up the healthy development of Ghana football.

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Expressing concern about what he described as lack of transparency in the top hierarchy of the GFA and how that had undermined the development of local football in recent years during an interview with Graphic Sports, Coach Sarpong noted, “the meeting has come at the right time so they should come out with better ideas, policies and programmes that would make the local league much more attractive to sponsors”.

According to Coach Sarpong, meagre allowances paid to referees who travel to the various Premier League centres to officiate matches has been a major cause which has lowered the standard of football in Ghana.

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“Because of the meagre allowances they (referees) have been receiving, they are easily influenced by team officials, hence the need for this meeting to address such lapses to enable Ghana to produce worthy champions after every league season“, he noted.

He said initiating measures that would cause football to be attractive would not only induce football fans to fill league centres, but would also entice sponsors to clamour for the sponsorship of the local league in order to enhance revenue.

“With this, much revenue would be generated to support the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) in their quest to be more professional in officiating local matches,” he suggested.

Coach Sarpong also alleged that some stakeholders in the local football fraternity have been influencing the outcome of Ghana’s Premier League matches through betting, saying the Cape Coast extraordinary meeting should come out with a policy that would make betting unattractive at any level in Ghana football.