FORMER Black Stars coach, Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie says government has not treated ex-coaches fairly.
He said governments were always interested to give veteran coaches state burials but receive no attention when they are alive.
Speaking to the Times Sports on Friday Coach C.K Gyamfi’s funeral service, Coach Afranie urged government to assist former coaches while they are alive.
“Former coaches have, over the years, been ignored and treated unfairly but they are rather honoured after their death with a state burial. This is inappropriate,” he stated.
The emotional Afranie added that, the same thing was done to Jones Atuquayefio as he suffered throat cancer for a very long time and was ignored only to be honoured with a state burial after his death.
He added that, it is about time coaches are treated equitably to serve as motivation to young ones to take up a profession in coaching as the recent development is not being helpful.
“People who dedicate their lives to serve the nation and retire should receive some recognition from stakeholders when they need it, not after death,” he stated.
If this continues, he stressed, people would not be willing to die for the nation and commitment to national duty would be compromised.
“I’m very sad to see government officials present at C.K Gyamfi’s funeral all in the name of recognising his exploits and laurels he won for the nation. Could they not have honoured him while he was alive”? “he asked.
He said it is obvious, families would be able to bury their beloved ones without assistance from government, adding that, ‘what will be recognised the more is the assistance offered when one is alive’.
By Michael D. Abayateye