A Moshood Abiola Polytechnic student who died after jumping into a well on Wednesday December 4 at Fagba, Lagos has been buried. Samson aka Asese Lee said to be an ND 2 student of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) Abeokuta, reportedly woke on Wednesday shouting “my money is inside […]
Egypt 2019 AFCON is just days away. Four-time winners Black Stars of Ghana are hit with a major set-back… the retirement declaration by their captain, Asamoah Gyan who was angered by the decision of the coach, Kwesi Appiah to handover the skipper’s armband to another player.
This has divided the team and drew wild criticism and outrage across the Ghanaian football fraternity as the team’s unity, spirit and anticipated performance in the tournament seem threatened.
President Akufo-Addo had to once again display his love for sports. He stepped into the crisis like a father and sportsman. His timely intervention has restored peace and hope in the team just as it has brought confidence among football fans across Ghana ahead of the tournament. Mr. President called Gyan on phone, appealed to him to rescind his decision for the interest of the country. The President also spoke with the coach and called for peace as Gyan immediately followed Akufo-Addo’s order to make himself available for selection into the Black Stars squad for Egypt 2019 AFCON.
Sadly, here in Nigeria where $150000 grant given by IAAF developed wings and flew away, we are still waiting for official statement from either the sports ministry or the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on the ugly and embarrassing development.
Truth is adequate concern and attention has not been accorded to sports by the presidency especially as it is a known fact that the sports ministry has been having a running battle with some sports federations and also under-performing.
Sports to African Presidents like Akufo-Addo or George Weah of Liberia has gone beyond image-making machinery for governments or countries. Like the western world, these African leaders see sports as money spinning which boost economy.
Perhaps our government needs to take a critical look at sports with a view of coming up with a policy in the sector.