Bashiru Hayford bemoans player exodus

Sports News of Friday, 8 January 2016


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Head coach of reigning premier league champions Bashiru Hayford has lamented on the mass player exodus ahead of the new domestic season.

The experienced trainer attributed the premature departure from the top flight to the possibility of eventual national call-ups as more continue to leave each day.

The Ashgold coach saw three of his top performing players joined the exodus train as they prepare to embark on their continental assignment.

The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko trainer cited the financial motives and the likelihood of getting an eventual national team cap as the main reason players leave the country for greener pastures.

He lamented the premature departure as the bane for the short lifespan of the Ghanaian players.

“The players you think may be bright in the near future will leave prematurely not to countries revered for their football but to countries like Guinea, Sudan, South Africa and Congo. It is worrying as a coach because not long ago Ghana will take countries like Guinea and Sudan and beat them like 13:0. Why is it that our players are now returning to these countries that wanted to learn from us?. The disappointed trainer noted.

“It is up to us to question ourselves why our players are leaving for such countries that couldn’t match us. When players feature in such countries we still go and call them to play for the Black Stars while those here are not getting the chance.

“The players have decided that whenever they get the little chance they will move because if they don’t go, their chances of getting a call-up are low”. Coach Hayford lamented.