Sports News of Thursday, 27 July 2017
The Managing Director of Sunyani based Suncity radio, Ransford Antwi has implored government to invest in football.
Antwi, a former BA United chairman has indicated that investing in football would would go a long way to reduce the growing spate of unemployment in the country.
According to him, the presence of deep interest in the game and the enormous number of people directly and indirectly connected to the sport is a testament of the benefits the country stands to inure with a sustained government investment.
Mr. Antwi believes that this would be another surest way of creating employment for the youth.
“Over the years, I have witnessed government’s commitment to the creation of jobs. “The approach has been the same and has not yielded much result. Other areas need to be explored,” he told Nana KAS on Suncity radio.
He indicated that well funded football clubs would serve as a major source of employment to those who would be directly recruited by the clubs as well as suppliers and service providers whose services would be required by the clubs.
He mentioned that the beneficiaries would include communication experts, health service providers, club secretaries, hotel operators, just to mention but a few.
“As a former club chairman, I know the ordeal clubs go through concerning management and welfare of players. Most clubs lack funds and are therefore handicapped in employing the required staff. I strongly believe that if government directs sufficient resources into football, it would go a long way to build up clubs as well as curb unemployment, he added.
Mr. Antwi also advocated for entrepreneurial training and education for service personnel, stressing that such training would equip them with the requisite entrepreneurial skills to enable them venture into individual businesses and thus help curb the growing spate of graduate unemployment.
Mr Antwi is the organiser of the annual Suncity Football clinic which trains children aged between eight and fifteen(8-15) to modern soccer techniques. Over 3,000 children have so far been trained in the previous sessions.