New Edubiase Vice President Defends Ghanaian Players Joining African Sides

Posted On Tuesday, 30th July 2013

Alex Ackumey and Abdul Basit Adam signing for Free State Stars.

Alex Ackumey and Abdul Basit Adam signing for Free State Stars.

New Edubiase vice president Alex Ackumey has defended the sale of Ghanaian players to African Leagues.

A lot of Ghana Premier League stars are moving to clubs on the continent instead of joining European clubs.

DR Congo side TP Mazembe can boast of five Ghanaian players and also goalkeeper Ernest Sowah and Ibrahim Issaka joined Don Bosco.

Ghanaian players in the South African Premier Soccer League have increased this season after Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Daniel Agyei, Abdul Basit Adam (Free State Stars) and Yakubu Mohammed (Maritzburg United) signed deals.

2012 CAF Champions League top scorer Emmanuel Clottey was sold to Esperance

Ackumey has allayed fears that mercurial players will have their promising careers come to a premature end if they are transferred to clubs on the continent.

”It’s all about money because if a club like TP Mazembe can buy a player like 100,000 dollars which Ghanaian club can buy a player from a fellow club with that amount,” he told Joy sports

“The players in question wants to improve financially and also on their skills so when opportunities like this comes, it becomes very difficult to hold onto them.

“A team like TP Mazembe is now headed by the former Mali National team coach who won bronze with the team at the last Nations Cup. The packaging in these places is super.

“How many Ghanaian clubs can do the things that these clubs are doing?”