Rahim Ayew blames journalists for league decline

RahimEx-Kotoko defender Rahim Ayew has blamed Ghanaian journalists for the perceived decline of the local league.

The 27-year-old claims the local media have made it difficult for players to return home to enrich the domestic league due to their incessant criticism.

Ayew left Europe to sign for Kotoko amid criticism he failed to establish himself in the more stellar league.

The Ghana League is perceived to be on the decline with many foreign-based players reluctant to return for fear of being tagged as failures.

He says journalists should shoulder the blame for the perceived decline in the local league.

“Ghana’s league is in decline because of some journalists, when I decided to come to Ghana to re-launch my career certain journalists criticized my decision stating that I failed in Europe that is why I have decided to come to Ghana and due to those kind of comments host of Ghanaian players abroad are being reluctant in coming to Ghana to re-launch their career,” he claimed on Metro TV’s sports file. ghanasoccernet.com

Ayew has ended his stay with the Porcupine Warriors over contractual disagreements.

In another development, The District Superintendent of Police for the Dormaa District, DSP Mahmud Yusif has assured fans who will be trooping to the stadium of maximum security ahead of the kick-off of the 2014/15 First Capital Plus Premier League game between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Aduana Stars at the Osagyefo Nana Agyemang Badu Park, .

The match between the two sides is considered one of the topmost encounters in the league taking into account the traditional backing of the two teams. The police is therefore poised to ensure an incident free encounter.

According to DSP Mahmud, he has been in his current position for the past four years and has been in charge of security for various encounters involving Aduana Stars and can assure fans that there is no cause for alarm.

Speaking to Sportscrusader.com, DSP Mahmud said, “I can assure all the fans who will be coming to Dormaa on Sunday to feel free as we have put in place security measures to ensure their safety. We have spoken to Berekum District and the Regional Headquarters in Sunyani to give us some men to augment our forces to ensure an incident free game,”

“We shall have men in plain clothes and others in uniform to man the center and the Armed Forces have also been informed to be on red alert so should anything happen which will demand their involvement, they will quickly move in.

“Everybody should be assured of total security.

Fans from Kumasi should come in their numbers for they will be well protected”, he added.

DSP Mahmud hinted that they have been waiting for the commencement of the league.

We mistakenly mentioned the figure US$ 50,000 as the amount being sought bu GTV to purchase broadcasting rights of the 2015 AFCON in yesterday’s issue of the paper.

Our attention has been drawn by GBC that the actual amount being sought is US$1,248,000. The error is regretted

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