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Ghana President charges CAF to check escalating rate of player exodus

Ghana President charges CAF to check escalating rate of player exodus

Kwadwo Asamoah is a product of the player exodus bandwagon

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana’s President John Mahama has tasked CAF to devise ways of making the domestic leagues in Africa attractive in order to curb the massive rate of player exodus.

The continent currently loses in excess of 900, 000 football talents predominantly to the European leagues per transfer period.

This figure does not even capture players who are illegally transferred outside the continent by unscrupulous player agents.

The massive rate of player exodus has resulted in the enormous drop in the quality of domestic leagues while making it highly unattractive for fans to patronize games both at the stadia and on television.

Ghana’s President has thus urged the continent’s football governing body to find ways to control this highly worrying trend by formulating policies that will financially enrich the domestic championships across Africa.

“His Excellency the President will like to urge CAF to critically look at ways of making our leagues more attractive so we are able to retain most of our quality players,” Minister for Communications Haruna Iddrisu said on behalf of President Mahama at the annual Glo-CAF awards in Accra on Thursday.

“One way is through sponsorship, the rate at which Africa has been losing players to European leagues is highly worrying and we urgently need to do something about it.

“If the leagues are financially sound, players will earn more wages and they will stay here for the fans to enjoy the football on the continent.”

The final three shortlisted players for the flagship African Footballer of the Year award have all emerged from the trend of player exodus in recent years.

These players are so desperate to leave the continent in pursuit of greener pastures under very harsh and unfavaourable conditions abroad.

A few eventually realize their dreams of playing for top European clubs and earn mega cash on a weekly basis.

Majority of these players however see their prospective fine careers completely messed up with failure to attain success on their travels.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. KT says:

    Mr. President, this can only be a dream. Even cleaners in this country believe they will earn more in Europe. Even your FA president takes players out everyday. Please save your breath.

  2. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME. INSTEAD OF GFA TAKING NOTE OF IT, THEY TURN A BLIND EYE. THEY HAVE SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH MAN CITY TO SEND THEM PLAYERS….

    LOOK, THERE IS NOTHIGN WRONG WITH PLAYERS GOING OVERSEAS BUT IT MUST BE DONE RIGHT. TODAY, EVERY TOM DICK AND HARRY NYAMA NYAMA PLAYER WANTS TO GO OVERSEAS N PLAY. GFA NEEDS TO PUT A 3 YR CAP ON EVERY LOCAL PLAYER IMMEDIATELY. UNTIL U HAVE PLAYED 3 YRS IN THE LOCAL LEAGUE, U CANT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY OVERSEAS…NOT EVEN IN TOGO! WE HAVE SO MANY GOOD PLAYERS FROM GH…LOOK AT BAFFOUR N THE REST SITTING ON BENCHES ON OTHER CLUBS. WHEN THEY COULD VERY WELL BE HELPING THEIR CLUBS DURING THE CHAMPS LEAGUE AND ELEVATING THEIR SELLING PRICE. WAT IS THE RUSH? DONT U THINK THESE FOREIGN NATIONS ALSO HAVE SOCCER PLAYERS AS WELL…?

  3. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    KT, U ARE A FOOL. WAT IS DREAMY ABOUT THIS, U LAZY IDIOT. I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME. INSTEAD OF GFA TAKING NOTE OF IT, THEY TURN A BLIND EYE. THEY HAVE SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH MAN CITY TO SEND THEM PLAYERS….

    LOOK, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH PLAYERS GOING OVERSEAS BUT IT MUST BE DONE RIGHT. TODAY, EVERY TOM DICK AND HARRY NYAMA NYAMA PLAYER WANTS TO GO OVERSEAS N PLAY. GFA NEEDS TO PUT A 3 YR CAP ON EVERY LOCAL PLAYER IMMEDIATELY. UNTIL U HAVE PLAYED 3 YRS IN THE LOCAL LEAGUE, U CANT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY OVERSEAS…NOT EVEN IN TOGO! WE HAVE SO MANY GOOD PLAYERS FROM GH…LOOK AT BAFFOUR N THE REST SITTING ON BENCHES ON OTHER CLUBS. WHEN THEY COULD VERY WELL BE HELPING THEIR CLUBS DURING THE CHAMPS LEAGUE AND ELEVATING THEIR SELLING PRICE. WAT IS THE RUSH? DONT U THINK THESE FOREIGN NATIONS ALSO HAVE SOCCER PLAYERS AS WELL…?

  4. SANTROFI ANOMAA says:

    @ GH FUO WHY YOU LIKE INSULTS? WHEN SOMEONE GIVES HIS VIEWS ACROSS GHANASOCCERNET IS A FORUM AND NOT AN ABUSIVE PLEASE. IF HE IS A FOOL HE WOULD NOT SAID A WORD AND SO ALL THOSE WHO COMES HERE TO INSULTS OTHERS TURN NEW LEAFS THIS COMING YEAR 2013. WE DON’T KNOW OURSELVES AND SO LET’S RESPECT EACH OTHER AND SHOW LOVE.

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      santro, go n read wat he wrote.im tired of babies like u who want to suck breatmilk at age 40. is this wat u can say CONCERNING WAT THE PRESIDENT HAS JUST OFFERED? A DREAM? NAME 1 CLUB IN GH THAT HAS KEPT THE CORE OF ITS PLAYERS FOR OVER 2YRS OR MORE? ..NONE…LOOK AT EDUBIASE. WOULDNT THEY BE A TITLE CONTENDER IS THEY HAD THEIR 2 BEST PLAYERS WITH THE TEAM INSTEAD OF WARMING BENCHES IN S AFRICA? WOULDNT THEIR CHAMPS LEAGUE CAMPAIGN BE PROMISING? THE SAME GOES FOR KOTOKO AS WELL….

      A DREAM!ITS IDIOTS LIKE KT WHO WILL CALL A VERY GOOD IDEA LIKE THIS A DREAM>>>
      TUNISIA, EGYPT N NOW ZAMBIA WON AFCON TROPHIES WITH MOSTLY LOCAL PLAYERS…A DREAM?

      LOOK AT THE SUCCESS OF AHLY, MAZEMBE ALSO A DREAM?
      SANTRO, CALL A SPADE A SPADE. UR BOY IS A FOOL. WAT THE PRESIDENT HAS OFFERED IS GOLDEN ADVICE. GFA SHOULD PUT A MANDATROY 3 YR CAP ON ANY GH PLAYER BEFORE THEY R ELIGIBLE FOR AN INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER. IF THE GH PLAYERS DONTLIKE IT,LET THEM GO ELSEWHERE AND PLY THEIR TRADE. LOOK AT ALL THE GOOD GHPLAYERS WARMING BENCHES IN NORTH AFRICA, THAILAND, SOUTH AFRICA, EUROPE ETC. THEY R ALL PREMATURE. IF THEY WERE IN GH PLAYING WITH THER SQUADS FOR AT LEAST 3 YRS.HMMMOUR LEAGUE WILL BE SO MUCH COMPETITIVE. MORE ACTION, MORE CHALLENGES,MORE DISPALYS. WE WILL HAVE EXCITMENT GOING TO CHAMPS LEAGUE. WITH THE HOPE OF GOING THERE N PLAYING COMPETITIVELY IN ALL STAGES. BUT LOOK, RIGHT NOW ALL WE CAN AIM FOR IS SECOND RD. WHY U ASK? BCOIS THE LOCAL CLUBS HAVE GOTTEN RID OF ALL THEIR BEST PLAYERS

  5. kimco says:

    @ gh fuo- i think what he’s trying to say is that it a pipe dream for his advise to make any impact cos even the one who are to make the impact are also in it to win it. U know he’s right when ur fa prez is guilty of such charges. Just cut him some slack will ya…?

  6. ike says:

    I support the idea of retaining local players in the Ghana local teams for 3 or 4 years before moving outside. They will be matured by then. Let’s really work on this. It will help the players!!