New Edubiase United CEO, Alex Ackumey believes Ghanaians would see the good works of the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), if only delegates would vote competent and well experienced football administrators into the Executive.
“The current composition of the Executive Committee of the GFA is made up of less than 50 per cent competent, well drilled and astute soccer administrators who really understand where the modern game of football is heading to”, he noted.
According to him, the ineffectiveness of some of the members on the current Executive Committee is hugely affecting the work of Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Speaking to Times Sports soon after Congress re-elected him by popular acclamation yesterday, Mr. Ackumey said whoever says the president has done badly must be coming from another planet, “it is the elements on the Executive Committee who are to be blamed if he is to fail.”
“Since being elected four years ago, most of the members especially the regional football association representatives on the committee have not been up to the task and this has made the work of the president very difficult.”
“Most of them do not go for meetings, others go and sit without contributing their quota to whatever eis being discussed at meetings, leaving decision-making in the hands of a selected few. This phenomenon has gone on for far too long and is bringing down the image of Ghana football and must be checked.”
“We the clubs and the other delegates are to be blamed for this problem. Time has come for us to stop the friends and cronies approach to things in Ghana football and pick the very best hands that will support the FA president to rule over Ghana football better.”
To this end he called on delegates who will be voting to elect members into the Executive Committee in the coming months to scrutinise well the candidates who would come to them for their votes
Mr. Ackumey advised the FA president to focus more on youth development in his third term because that is the base from which the next generation of national stars will be got from.
He also advised the inclusion of all the other national teams when negotiating for sponsorship for the Black Stars.
On the poor patronage of the league, he noted that the introduction of DSTV into the country has had a negative effect on patronage of the local game, and not that the FA boss has neglected it.
“In the late 90’s and early 2000’s patronage of the game was huge and impressive but these days the local league has competition from other leagues around the world in addition to the lack of stars.”
He called on the GFA president to strengthen the marketing department of the FA to seek for more sponsorship for the local league so as to see players being paid well and retained so that Ghanaians would grow to appreciate the local league.
By Raymond Ackumey