MoYS urged to run sports like business

Mr. Preca presenting a gift to Mr Asiamah (right)

Mr. Preca presenting a gift to Mr Asiamah (right)

The first gentleman of Malta, Mr Edgar Preca has urged the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) to put in place policies and programmes to make it attractive for the corporate sector to invest.

He said football alone was huge enough to attract the interests of corporate sector players but can be bigger when programmes are introduced to run it on professional lines.

Mr Preca who paid a courtesy call on the sector minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, on Wednesday noted that since the Ministry was in charge of the youth, its policies and programmes can make or unmake the future leaders of the country.

“Look at the transfer market today, it has gone crazy with sky rocketing amounts being quoted for players and this should tell the local authorities here to also put measures in place to harness the budding talents to make it big on the international stage.”

Mr. Preca, who is part of the delegation led by his wife and Malta president, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca to Ghana on a three-day state visit to strengthen the bond between the two countries, said back in Malta, the ministry and its agencies are working to get the best out of sports especially water sports and football.

He said the league in Malta is being structured and has attracted some African players from Ghana and Nigeria in the last few years.

A huge fan of Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew, Mr Preca is a keen follower of Ghana football and its players across the world and hopes the Black Stars will soon engage the Maltese national football team nicknamed ‘Knights of Malta’ in a friendly.

Responding Mr Asiamah says the visit was historic and added that the ministry sees sports as a tool for job creation and crime prevention.

“We are determined to make sports a major weapon to fight against unemployment to make sure the youth are engaged productively.”

According to him, Ghana has 43 sporting federations and the greatest challenge for a developing nation like Ghana is how to adequately fund sports in the country, however with the fruitful relationship already existing between the two countries, he believes both can partner to best serve all in terms of sports.

By Raymond Ackumey

 

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