Ex-national U20 captain Hamza Mohammed has hit hard at sports journalist for discouraging players from continuing their career by compelling them to retire with chants of age.
Hamza, who is now pursuing a course in Football Administration at the Victoria University in Australia insists that the comments made by some sports journalist in the country appear to describe some of the players as old as the church bell.
According to the former RTU star, age is just a number and as long as a player is able to train and play matches successfully, he should be encouraged to play.
He mentioned former Black Stars goalie Richard Olele Kingston who has been to two FIFA World Cups and Dan Quaye who was part of the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany as living examples.
Hamza was making special reference to veteran Kotoko midfielder Stephen Oduro with the claim that he is old and must hang the boots.
Speaking on the retirement age of players in an interview with GHANAsoccernet.com, the former national star said ‘Age is just a number. If someone is even hundred years and can still play, why must we discourage him? Because of that the younger generation has not been gifted with the chance to learn from some players who have hunged their boots.’
‘Oduro is a player whose quality surpasses many on the local scene and must be encouared to play to benefit the coming generation.’
‘Olele came back into the local league and he is doing wonders. Even though he will be the oldest player locally, his performance better than most of the goalies we consider as young,’ he added.
‘I think most of the journalists talk too much and that affects the career of most of our stars. We must rather encourage them rather them describing them as old players.’
By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter
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