Include veterans in GPL – Osei Kuffour

KfFORMER Hearts of Oak, Kotoko and Ashgold midfielder, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour says the only way that the Ghana premier league will reclaim its old traction is the inclusion of veteran players.

Kuffour who won several league titles and the CAF Champions League with Hearts of Oak says, the current crop of players in the league do not have what it takes to draw the crowds to the various stadia.

He says, the veterans like himself are those who can bring back the excitement in the league.

“The supporters always remember some of us because of how we made them feel. We made them happy but now the supporters don’t go to the stadium because they don’t know which star player to go and watch. We have to encourage the veterans to come back home when things don’t go well in Europe. Look at Godwin Attram and Richard Kingson and the excitement they have brought into the league. This is what I am talking about. ”

The Ghana premier league over the last few years has been criticized for lacking excitement. The league has consequently suffered from low patronage despite various attempts to revive interest in it.

Meanwhile, Great Olympics captain Godwin Attram has urged more players of his kind to return to the Ghana Premier League.

The 34-year-old is among some of the returning experienced crop who have given the Wonder club some impetus in the First Capital Plus League.

Attram, together with Richard Kingson, Dan Quaye and Osei Boateng are guiding the youngsters of the club to ensure Premier League survival.

Many have however criticized these experienced players as not good enough to mix-in back in Ghana after failed stints abroad.

But Godwin Attram is calling on players of his kind to ignore such criticisms.

“I want to tell them not to be discouraged by the taunts from the fans,” he told

“They should just forget about the insults and whatever because whatever be the case, there will always be critics.

“You only have to focus on the game.”

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