The Theatrics Of 2014: Hope of a Happy New Football Year

This would have maybe made perfect sense to on lookers and Ghana football fans if the Ghana Football Association had earlier made known that the activities of the entire football in Ghana had been adopted as a directed reality show for some television network in 2014.

Kwesi Nyantakyi and the Ghana football governing body would have done us all a favour. They might claim it’s not as bad as it looks and would get few happy moments to back their point. But on a more realistic analysis, the picture has been painted and it is exactly what it looks like.

Chelsea FC are top of the English Premier League, Read Madrid have the lead on the La Liga log and Bayern Munich are eleven points ahead in the German Bundesliga. You already know this, right?

But did you also know that FK Karabakh top the Azerbaijan Premier League with a five point advantage over second placed Inter Baku or that FK Vardar Skopje are on the verge of winning the FYR Macedonia Prva Liga?

Point exactly? Azerbaijan Premier League and FYR Mecedonia Liga clubs know their respective standings on their football log. Something that cannot be said of the Ghana Premier League clubs at a time when over a dozen of the games must have already been played.

The league situation says it all about the state of the country’s football. And in a move to remedy the situation, the devised cup competition was not devoid of financial whining from some clubs.

Talking about the financial aspect of football, all one could say is ‘What A Year?’.

The drama that engulfed the entire football world at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, wining an adaptation for a Hollywood movie involved the Black Stars of Ghana and money.

Money that had created some discomfort amongst the Ghanaian populations before the tournament had even began in Brazil. The Black Stars’ endorsed World Cup budget of over $9 million caused public outrage. The country’s condition at the time did not financially allow us ‘waste’ that money at the tournament, complainants cried.

But who cared? At least the football people didn’t. And that point was proved when close to $4 million was flown from Ghana to Brazil for the fear of ‘kekeleke y3mb) biom’ syndrome. How pathetic.

This was a very low point. Not just for the year 2014 but a mishap that will ink its prints in the history of Ghana football forever coupled with abysmal football performance at the country’s third FIFA Word Cup.

Avram Grant will have a chance to write his own football storyline with the Black Stars of Ghana as the coach for the New Year. A chance that was given by the Ghana Football Association, though not without its drama.

Coaches claiming to have never applied for the Ghana job but having the applications and CVs with the football association. The moneys to be paid to coaches of certain caliber and the ability to pay was another issue of national concern.

And before that space was even made vacant …
Technical director for the then Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah was the expectation. So the sack of the former Black Stars captain as coach of the senior national team after winning a contract extension still has its inviting suspicion.

Ghanaians are patient. And for them to be pushed up to the limit of not wanting to cheer the ever loved senior national team is an indication of how they felt about the country’s football on the international level.

The relatively low percentage of the country’s football loving population who have interest in the local league were also denied for a larger portion of the past year.

So where do we go from here?
People will always have personal opinions, interests and their right to choose the side they want to be on. Like the situation of the two suspended Black Stars players Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng and the Black Stars management team, everybody has their story and Ghanaian have chosen their sides.

The example above gives options to choose. But not options worth choosing. So for the year 2015, the option of a better Ghana football should be made available for that’s the side most football enthusiasts would love to be on.

Let’s start with a great start to our league that should have started long ago, and then the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

If the Ghana Football Association can go all lengths to remedy the larger percentage of disappointments in the last year with these two in January, then maybe, just maybe, there will be hope of a NEW BETTER FOOTBALL YEAR.

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