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Feature: Why Ghana Premier League players cannot form the core of the Black Stars

Posted On Wednesday, 27th February 2013
 The Ghana Premier League is not attractive and haemorrhages it's talent at an absurd rate. How can one build their national team around such a league??

The Black Stars

I will keep this short and simple:

Ideally I would want and do want the local league to produce most of our senior players. My biggest problem is, as soon as a player learns to kick a ball straight they move to another country! These days to even mediocre leagues or footballing countries. Thus, as soon as you give a charity call up to a local player they are no longer a local player and are likely to go end up on the bench in some foreign country sometimes barely getting to play any games. Thus, the cycle continues and you can’t form a consistent team. For example there is some talk about Dauda moving to a South African club(the same one as the Zambian keeper) this will mean there is a chance he will be on the bench for a long time then, the investment made in him by the coaches is one which was wasted because he becomes another foreign based bench-warmer. Players Emmanuel Clottey, Solomon Asante, and Richard Kissi Boateng were among the best players in the local league last year and produced Ghana’s best performance in the CAF champions league in recent years now, they are all no longer in the local league and, Berekum Chelsea is today a mediocre team fraught with infighting and have little to no hope to play in next years CAF champions league even though we will have 2 spots next. The very core of the team has been sold. Some even to mediocre teams in Africa.

Thus, the league is not attractive and hemorrhages it’s talent at an absurd rate. How can one build their national team around such a league?? If you build your team around foreign born players you are relying on a foreign coach giving them the experiences to improve and if you build it around local players they will move when they get a dollar or two offer!

The real solution is to improve the local league and increase the money within it to at least have ONE team that is capable of keeping its best talent and attracting the best talent. Then, if those players play together for a while the national team can bring some of them in.

Bringing in a player who is playing to get a big contract move to clubs in even Africa is a bit ridiculous. All in all the best national teams these days like Spain and Germany have most of their players playing for one or two of their local clubs so, they play together all year long and have a good understanding. This is something our local league can never achieve in the short term thus, giving charity call ups to players who will move as soon as they end up in the limelight is not a way to promote the local league but, a means and mechanism to get players contracts. Only the best players should be called and unfortunately to those with an agenda most are in Europe.

Pen name: Transient Justice

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Viper says:

    Football is no respecter of where you play,if you are technically good,you ‘re good,whether you play for ‘Atico Black Bullet’ or Real Madrid it doesn’t matter,if you believe local players cannot form core of the national team then you are an idiot.Did Real Madrid,Barcelona,Manchester train and develop the like of Muntaris,Essiens,Appiahs and the likes?? no they came through the local,infact the bane of african football is the over reliance of of these so called better or European based players,just because these idiotic players play in Europe doesn’t mean they are good.African football will continue to suffer over the reliance of European based players.

    • Ghanaman says:

      Why do the players move so quickly when they get cheap offers? If you say you have a local policy and the players are no longer local after you call them then, how can one build a team around local players?

  2. 2-shot says:

    The ugly truth is dat most ov our players re not ideally footballers bt ppl wit a lost talent….meanin dey may b carpenters or masons…most ov dem dnt even hav de simple basis ov passin nd shootin a ball de right way…paya exodus ll always happen if de fa nd de teams dnt draw a suitable plan for it…4 Christ sake de local league sucks….

  3. Yoyo says:

    Viper you did not get the import of the message -the speed in which we sell our players to below average teams in Africa will make it impossible to raise a solid local black stars.Last year league top performers ie goal king,best defender etc are all playing somewhere in Africa in most cases not even sitting on the benches.Baffour is a pityful sight at Sundowns.Did he think he was going to displace Mphela South africa joint top striker?These days it has become a fashion for local teams to sell their players to mediocre teams in Africa.Soon we will raise South africa Ghana black stars. Apart from Afful and Joe tex what Ghanaian player in Africa has made any impact in the last ten years given the numerous players who are playing in Africa.If a team can sell 6 of its 11 players in a season then we have a problem

  4. mojahadine says:

    All I can say is Ghanaian footballers are football prostitutes. They will play anywhere, even in toilets. Just show them any currency other than the cedi and they will jump.

    The GFA doesn’t have any policy to force these players to at least play in the Ghanaian league for at least two years. Does this stupid idiot Nyantakyi spend his time on the local league or he is totally consumed by the Black Stars.

    Ghanaian mentallity is always a worisome factor. We do not develop anything, we are always looking for ready made things and this is the reason why even our country is as dirty as it is. Does the GFA have any program in place to develop players?

    Honestly, Ghana is a dump. Ghanians talk too much but have no capacity to improve even our own country. Get out of Accre and it looks as if you are on another planet. Even Accra the capital is not much of anything if you have lived in well developed countries.





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