Former national team trainer, Sellas Tetteh, has lauded Ghanaian players leaving to ply their trade in less competitive football leagues in Africa, describing the move as healthy.
A number of local players have now found home in East African football, leaving droves to Tanzania and the Sudan, in recent times.
The issue appears to be a major concern for experts of Ghana football, wondering why the players would rather not be interested in joining the more rich and sophisticated leagues in Europe.
However, Tetteh – the man who spearheaded the national U-20 team (Black Satellites) to World Cup glory in 2009, insists it is a good step for the players.
“For me, it is a stepping stone for progression to higher heights.
“It’s not a bad idea at all because they need to start from somewhere,” Coach Tetteh told Metro Sports in a brief interview yesterday.
He recalled days in the 90s when Ghanaian players were ‘storming’ Cote d’Ivoire to play for clubs like Africa Sports and Asec Mimosa, “because such clubs had good sponsorship packages.”
Only last week, Ghana’s former goalie, Daniel Agyei, signed a one-year contract with Tanzanian giants Simba FC.
The experienced stop-stopper added to the growing list of Ghanaian players in the Tanzanian Premier League after Samuel Afful and Yahaya Mohammed concluded their switch to Azam FC.
Already, ex-Medeama duo Enoch Attah Agyei and Daniel Amoah have signed for the Ice Cream Makers.
Striker Abednego Tetteh has also moved to Sudan giants Al Hilal Omdurman as he initialed a two-year contract late last month.
The top goal poacher has now joined fellow citizen Augustine Okrah who signed on a free transfer after leaving fellow giants Al Merreikh. He crashed home 13 goals in the Ghana Premier League last season on his debut campaign in the top-flight.
Meagre salaries and allowances have been attributed to the player exodus from Ghana to less-endowed football leagues across Africa.
By John Vigah