Don’t call us old players

Captain of Accra Great Olympics, Godwin Attram has called on football fans to desist from calling players who have returned to end the career on home soil as ‘old players’.

“Instead of branding us as old players, the fans should rather look at the quality and experience we bring to the local league to make it very interesting. We must rather encourage other players who have returned from abroad than resort to acts that will send them away.”

Speaking at an event to honour Attram, Richard Kingson, Osei Boateng and Dan Quaye who are all ending their careers back in Ghana after a long sojourn abroad, the former Starlets skipper said the involvement of himself and other players has made the league more interesting and it would be awkward if they are referred to as old players.

The event was organized by the Ga Adangme Concerned Youth Pressure Group and was honoured by the Nii Ayaafio Tetteh led group.

Other recipients included Festus Lamptey, Sammy Tetteh, Nii Noi Dowuona, Emmanuel Quarshie and Francis Ankrah.

He said the trio are still playing good football and have shown so far that the league would be competitive if more of their colleagues join.

Attram appealed to coaches to give such players the opportunity to share their experience with the younger ones, adding that, and ‘it will serve as a huge motivation for them.’

“There are occasions where inexperienced players are chosen over the very experienced ones for very absurd reasons which does not allow the game to flourish,” he stressed.

Also honoured was Coach of the Ghana Beach Soccer team, the Black Sharks, Theophilus Armah for qualifying the team to the African Cup in Seychelles.

Nii Ayaafio said the experienced players are making major strides in the local league and should be appreciated.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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