GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi andPremier League Board chairman, Mr. Welbeck Abra Appiah have hit out at Avram Grant’s agent, Saif Rubie for his denegrading remarks on Ghana’s premier league.
While Abra- Appiah insisted that only lazy coaches are unable to find any quality in the elite league, Nyantakyi described the agent’s comments as misguided and unfounded.
Their comments were in reaction to that made by the agent of Black Stars coach over the lack of quality players in the Ghanaian top flight.
Rubie was speaking in defence of why his client prefers to spend most of his time abroad under the guise of scouting players rather than identifying talents from the local scene.
According to Abra-Appiah,‘ there is a proverb in Ghana that says it’s only a poor teacher, an unproductive teacher, a lazy teacher who goes about complaining about his tools,” he said.
“At the point when he came in, I don’t think our league was different from what it is now.
“It is only an unproductive and lazy coach who would say he doesn’t see any quality in the Ghana league.
“Is this why the coach doesn’t stay in Ghana?
“I don’t want to believe that the comments made by the agent is shared by the coach otherwise I will consider him a lazy coach.”
No outfield player who plies his trade in Ghana has been able to break into the Black Stars team in recent times.
On his part Kwesi Nyantakyi said the comment,‘It is a misguided and unfounded comment from him [Saif Rubie] because he doesn’t live in Ghana unless he was speaking on behalf of the coach and we asked the coach about this matter, his personal private discussion on it and he has disassociated himself completely from that and I don’t think he was speaking for the coach,” Nyantakyi told Metro TV.
He continued: “And I also want to place it on record that those comments are unfortunate. They are not true for someone to say that the premier league lacks quality. Maybe he is talking about the standard of the league but when you look at the current call up there are two local players, Fatau Dauda and Richard Ofori so how did he select them if he didn’t pay attention to the local league or he thought about them and just selected them and I think we have to be a bit fair and objective in not condemning outright the quality of our local league”.
Fom Times Sports Desk