Bank roller of Elmina Sharks FC Papa Kwesi Nduom has launched a scathing attack on the Ghana Football Association,accusing them of presiding over a chaotic and rotten league.
The political figure and business mogul has in the past spoken about the violence and lack of effort to market the game locally and even threatened pulling out of a sponsorship deal just a year ago when Elmina Sharks played in the Division One League.
His latest outburst is believed to have been triggered by his team’s 2-1 defeat to Aduana Stars FC which eventually handed them the league crown.
He emphasized that the FA’s management of the league is to blame for the league’s inability to attract sponsors.
“When is football not football? When administrators strategize to cheat”.
“When referees take bribes to decide the outcome of matches, when losers on the field of play rely on “ways and means” off the field to win points, when fans believe they must make opposing side afraid to play, when players are given money to play against their own teams, etc. etc.
“This is the football I have come to experience in this first year of our team, the Fearsome Elmina Sharks being in the Premiere League.
“We had negative experiences in Division Two. The Division One experience was sometime frightening with some of our players and officers sometimes ending up in the hospital due to attacks by opposing fans and officials.
“But we thought the Premiere League would be more disciplined, orderly and with all the media exposure, more focused on the action on the field.
“The GFA must change its habits and attitudes. It must promote exciting soccer where winning will depend on the players and how well they play.
“There are reasons why the Ghana Football League lacks sponsors. For me it is unexciting performance due to cheating referees, administrators and undisciplined fans.
“Our team is here to stay. So I will not remain as silent as I have been about these problems. I enjoy soccer. And I can’t sit by and watch the stealers keep stealing.
“By the way, Aduana Stars are on top of the league and soon to be declared champions officially.
“Our team lost to them twice this season. Twice, it was the referee who decided the outcome. I know when we lose to a better side.
“No wonder not many people go to the football venues to watch our local matches but parade around wearing Man U, Man City, Chelsea, Barcelona and other jerseys here in Ghana.
“Change must come,”he wrote on his Facebook wall.