The highly respected business mogul – Dr. Kofi Amoah – has expressed strong disagreement with the idea of the Ghana Sports Ministry looking to raise $25million to fund the senior national football team by stating that he believes those huge sums should rather be invested in Ghana’s local leagues.
A few weeks ago, the Government of Ghana promised to use $10million to support the efforts of the current Sports Minister Hon. Mustapha Ussif, who is looking to secure $25 million to fund the Black Stars in their upcoming 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The idea did not go down well with most Ghanaians who see nothing relevant from investing hugely into the senior national team with some even challenging the Government to tackle some of the other precious needs of the country with such huge sums of money, first.
Dr. Kofi Amoah has also spoken on this issue where he clearly indicated that the money should rather be invested in the local Ghanaian leagues and grassroots football. He believes that this will be more beneficial to the country’s development of football rather than investing in only the various national teams.
“No! Strengthen your local league, starting from juvenile football, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Michael Essien all of these people, this is where they got their strength,” he said in an interview with Bernard Avle on CITI TV.
“When the Germans saw that their football is going downhill, they said time out, we need to think, it took them 11 years but they won the World Cup in Brazil.”
“Ghana can win the World Cup because we have the talents but the organization of the approach is the wrong one and I hope that my friends at the Ghana football association (GFA) are not going to be angry with me and fix it.”
Dr. Kofi Amoah was the Chairman of the Normalisation Committee, which was established in 2018 to steer affairs of Ghana football after the number 12 expose where they ensured free and fair GFA elections that were held in November 2019.