Joe Morrison Calls For Transparency

A former American footballer and Managing Director of the Evergreen Super Market at Tema, Mr. Joe Morison, has declared his intensions to contest for the chairmanship position of the Ghana Baseball and Softball Association (GHABSA) in the upcoming elections.

Mr. Morison made this known to the Times Sports in an interview in Tema, indicating that, the decision to contest for the post was to fulfill a childhood desire to see the sport developed to an appreciable level.

The passionate and enthusiastic ex-American footballer said the sport is not popularly Ghana despite its introduction many years ago, and blamed past executives for not promoting the game beyond the borders of the capital.

He said that though the sports has received enough support both locally and internationally, it is not having any impact on the game ‘because up till now the GHABSA can’t boast of constant baseball league in schools or the communities.’

Mr. Morrison said there was the need to be transparent and honest to stakeholders, saying,’ the days when executives operate in secrecy and isolation are over. Now people want to see transparency and openness – they are the hallmark of every successful group.’ The aspiring chairman indicated that when elected; every stakeholder’s opinion would be considered, providing that will help the game to develop in the country.

Mr. Morison expressed his disappointment over the low patronage and development of the game in the country especially in Greater Accra where it is mostly played and added that the game will grow if the whole structure of is takes a new look at the challenges.

If given the nod, the association’s constitution, he said will be the first thing to deal with at a stakeholders meeting to deliberate on how to move the game forward.

Organizing refresher courses for trainers to earn attractive allowances, organizing clinics and workshops for officials, seeking for sponsorship to spread and develop the game across the regions, acquisition of an office and a bus for the association, field development, training sports teachers in schools to help in the development of the game, establishing a data center for information about the sport and playing body and others are some of his immediate plans to tackle if given the nod.

Mr. Morison pledged to revive the senior team to boost the morale of the younger ones and vowed to give softball a boost. He however urged the GHABSA to fix a new date for the election to be held.

Mr. Morison becomes the second aspirant to eye GHABSA’s top seat after Mr. Hugo Banzini, a former Games and Tournament Organizer of GHABSA declared his intensions to contest the position.

So far, only Mr. Brobe, a teacher at the Chemu Senior High School in Tema has declared his intention to contest the Vice chairmanship slot in charge of baseball for GHABSA.

 

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