Player exodus is a big problem–Saanie Daara

Saanie Daara

Saanie Daara

In the wake of growing discontentment over Coach Avram Grant’s choice to stay abroad to monitor players of the Black Stars, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has urged the coach to find a balance between the two responsibilities because they are important to the FA.

“The two roles are equally important to the coach and the FA but in going about them, it is important that there is a balance to ensure the interest of one is not over projected to the detriment of the other,” FA Spokesperson, Saanie Daara explained to the Times Sports yesterday.

Reacting to the coach’s recent comments made on Accra based Metro TV, the FA Spokesperson said staying abroad to monitor players of the Black Stars is also part of his responsibility.

Grant said on Tuesday that staying abroad helps him to monitor players of the Stars, most of whom play in Europe while the few locally based players that excel in the league are not allowed to mature and are sold to European clubs.

In his estimation, his travels may reduce drastically if such players are allowed to stay in the country to mature for him to also monitor their progress.

According to Daara, the coach’s stance would not hinder the team’s agenda and that of the league in any way as long as he is able to strike that important balance.

“The truth is that player exodus has become part of our game. It is our predicament and it may be with us for a while but it doesn’t mean he (Grant) should totally ignore the local league.

“Let’s not also forget that it is his responsibility too to identify and harness players from the local game, play a role in their grooming to ensure that local talents find their way into the national team.”

By Andrew Nortey

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