The owner and bank-roller of Asokwa Deportivo,Aminu Abdulai, also known as Coach Kamarat who spoke to Fancy Di Maria on SilverFM's early evening sports show dubbed SportsNet cited the incursion of European football(English Premier League (EPL) or the Spanish La Liga) into the Ghanaian football atmosphere as one of the challenges facing juvenile football(colts) and thus reducing fans' affinity for the much loved sports.
''A lot of factors have contributed to the reduced interests in our domestic leagues most especially the juvenile(colts) football''
''At first there was low publicity for the foreign sports than today..... but the increased publicity and player development by these foreign clubs have resulted in increased fan interest in the sports than our own local league''
''Fans have now developed much love for European clubs like Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid all because of the way these foreign clubs manage players and the affairs of the club''
''So it will be very difficult to bring back the love...the only thing to do is to look at how we can develop our local players in our nations top flight''
Coach Kamarat indicated that his interest in player development in the much loved sports helped him train about 61 players through the ranks of lower divisions to Ghana Premier League and to European League.He cited Ghanaian international and defender Kwadwo Asamoah who plays for Inter Milan.
''When I started my football coaching career I did not know anything about football business, I was only motivated by the love for the much known sports and to manage footballers....I even made my first player trade at only GHC 15''
He further explained that players in Club academies cannot be compared to players in the juvenile(colts) division due the details of training they go through.
''Not all of the Club Academy in Ghana help our domestic league to be successful because most of their targets is to land mouth watering offers from foreign clubs .....this is not so with juvenile (colts) clubs where players spend a lot of playing time to proof their worth at the club before attracting contracts'' he stressed.
The Ghana Football Association has set up National Juvenile Committee to bolster the management and revamping of juvenile football across the country.
The Executive Council of the GFA named an eight-member Juvenile Committee of the FA, with GFA President, Kurt Okraku as Chairman.The FA President decided to lead the Juvenile Committee in pursuit of his desire to revive Ghana football from the grassroot.
Kamarat said there should be an inclusive effort in developing juvenile(colts) football since the FA and clubs alone cannot see this happen.
Football loving fans are still in expectation for the commencement of contact sports with Ghana's ban on all contact sports due to the COVID 19 situation.
Mark F. / SilverSports / SilverFM / Ghana
Last modified on Wednesday, 16 September 2020