It has been a norm in recent times for every upcoming football player to travel outside the continent as a way to making their football career meaningful.

It is now almost every young Ghanaian footballer’s dream to travel outside the shores of Ghana to uplift their football career and make more money. Some even have the perception that, they can only be recognized and earn an opportunity to play in the national team if they play in a foreign club especially in Europe which is why after joining a division two club in Ghana, they make quick arrangements to secure a club in the Western world.

This form of seeking greener pastures in football has also been widely condemned by some football critics especially in Ghana describing it as dangerous for Ghana football since this behaviour can collapse the game in a long run.

But Veteran coach J.E Sarpong who is far experienced in club and player management thinks otherwise in an interview with Bernard Adu on the ‘Sports Galore’ show on Kantanka TV. He encouraged every young player to follow their dreams of seeking for greener pastures in football in order to ensure that they do not financially suffer like their colleagues who have played their entire football career in Ghana.

‘Shapiro’ as he is affectionately known cited an instance where some of the players he nurtured in football in Ghana are financially stable owning posh cars and mansions due to the handsome salaries they receive every week in their respective foreign clubs but would not have gotten these things if they were playing even in the elite division (Ghana Premier League).

“Don’t listen to anyone and stay in Ghana to complain that you are being paid GH¢70 a month whilst you are a good player. If it is your desire to uplift your football career and be paid handsomely outside the country, go ahead and do so”, Coach Sarpong encouraged.

More so, Ghanaian professional player who has played football in India and other European countries, Nathaniel Wordie speaking on the same issue made it known that, “even a division 2 club player’s salary in India is equivalent to GH¢4,000. So if the salary of footballers in Ghana is greatly uplifted, we will stay here and play because we are not only into this profession for passion but money as well”.

SOURCE: | Kwaku Amoateng Kyei


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