Afriyie intervenes to avert Stars’ training boycott

BY: Kweku Zurek
 Director of Liberty Professionals, George Afriyie

Black Stars Management Committee chairman, George Afriyie, came to the rescue of the Stars yesterday when he commandeered groundsmen from Liberty Professionals to the Accra stadium to avert a potential training boycott by the players.

Members of the Black Stars were frustrated by an overgrown pitch last Monday when they converged for their first training session, leading to skipper Asamoah Gyan threatening a training boycott.

However, Afriyie, a Director of Liberty Professionals, transported groundsmen from his club to the Accra stadium at 4.00am, thus avoiding an embarrassment for the nation.

"The Accra Sports Stadium issue has been resolved; I brought mowers from the Dansoman Liberty Park to weed the national stadium," Afriyie told the Daily Graphic at yesterday's GFA ordinary congress at Prampram.

"Today as at 4.00a.m. I commandeered the Liberty groundsmen to clear the pitch. The team needs to train; that is what is important and I have done that.

"If the team fails to gel or win the match people will blame the GFA, but I am interested in finding solutions,” Mr Afriyie said.

He lashed at the National Sports Authority (NSA) for neglecting the national stadium.

He said, "If somebody is supposed to do his work and has refused to do it, what do you expect me to do? I am referring to the NSA.

He also advised the NSA to take steps to avoid a repeat of the incident before the second leg clash against Comoros at the Baba Yara Stadium.