By Ameenu Shardow
Anthony Baffoe insists he is not disappointed by the conspicuous absence of some key players in the opening event of the peace campaign.
The campaign which is the brain child of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) in conjunction with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is aimed towards creating enough awareness of the need for peace ahead of the general elections on December 7.
Several headline names including Michael Essien, John Mensah, Jordan Ayew and Asamoah Gyan were expected to be involved in the opening event of the three-month campaign in Tamale but were nowhere to be found.
Their absence was a source of major disappointment to the locals who had been waiting anxiously to come face to face with their idols.
They were however compensated to a large extent by the devoted efforts of the likes of Stephen Appiah, John Boye, Eric Addo, Laryea Kingston and a host of other ex Ghana internationals alongside some local Premier League stars who sold a good game to the impressive crowd at the Tamale Sports Stadium.
Baffoe who is the General Secretary of the PFAG however refuses to criticize the somewhat ‘lack of commitment’ towards the laudable initiative by the absentees and hopes to record a much better participation of the stars in the subsequent events.
“I am never disappointed, because I do this with passion and I am there for the players and the players must be there for us as well,” he said.
“I cannot be angry with anyone, there are always circumstances, worse case scenarios, you have to live with it.
“For me, I have blessing from God and the players as well and the turnout was good so we are very happy for this and I hope this message carries on.”
The peace campaign train continues with another like event expected to be announced at a different region in due course.