Mr. Terry Anson, the owner of Charity Football Club (CFC), a second division side has expressed worry over the high rate of converting most of the recreational centres such as football parks into business centres.
According to him, this has made some school dropouts involve themselves in social vices such as robbery, prostitution, stealing, teenage pregnancy, and smoking due to the absence of such facilities.
The football administrator made these remarks in an interview with the Times Sports in Accra, on Monday.
He indicated that, the potential of the youth would be enhanced if they train on football pitches, adding that, it could serve as a source of employment for them.
This, he stressed, would put less pressure on the families who are the bread winners of these youth, saying, “it would bring economic and infrastructure development to Ghanaians”.
“Football is now a big business and I therefore believe that if we as administrators invest in the area, we could yield a lot of economic benefits”, he said.
The football administrator therefore called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other stakeholders to introduce directives that would help protect recreational centres to help enhance the talents of the youth.
“We need strict rules to regulate the preservation of these facilities so we build the potentials of these young ones who have these talents”.
The game of football, he noted, could also be of benefit to the whole country, adding that, the money these athletes make could lead to the establishment of businesses.
Citing Brazil as an example, Mr. Anson said the South American country has gained a lot economically because football is a source of tourism where football managers go to learn the techniques in the game.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah