Black Stars must be allowed to take their wives and girlfriends to the World Cup, says ex-Ghana star Sammy Kuffour
By Ameenu Shardow
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Ex Ghana defender Samuel Osei-Kuffour has thrown his support behind suggestions to have the Black Stars players accompanied by their wives and girlfriends to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Ghana FA has come out to deny reports of the suggestion made by team psychologist Professor J.K Mintah to see the players come along to the estimated six-week tournament with their spouses.
This ignited a huge debate as it is the first time such a policy will be implemented in Ghana even though it is a norm with some of the established teams in the World.
The suggestion was to have the wives and girlfriends of the Black Stars players travel to Brazil to offer extra support during the tournament where there will be regulated time frames for the players to interact with their better halves.
But the Ghana FA in a statement last week say it is not considering such a proposal.
But former Ghana star Samuel Osei Kuffour believes the realization of such a proposal will be a major boost for the team at the World Cup.
“I agree 100 percent with plans to have wives and girlfriends accompany the Black Stars to the World Cup,” the ex Bayern Munich defender told Kumasi-based Kessben FM.
“It is all over but just that because it is something new to us it will be difficult for Ghanaians to understand.
“But if we don’t start it now, we cannot begin anywhere. It helps psychologically with the unity of the team.
“Because the wives know each other, they talk and make everything nice.
“The mere fact that you have such a loved one around eases a lot of tension and relaxes the player.
“It also ensures that the players remain in check as they will not be looking to do certain unacceptable things in camp.
“Sometimes also the players get the edge to do something extra on the field of play once they know their loved ones are looking on.
“It will have a psychological advantage for the players and it will bring the team good luck at the World Cup.”
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