Renowned sports administrator Mr. Emmanuel Kwesi Mantey has shared his opinion on the ‘money-conscious’ nature of the current breed of the Black Stars.
The current breed of players in the Black Stars have been decsirbed as ‘money-conscious’ and lacking patriotism.
The tag ‘money-conscious’ was intensified after the Brazil 2014 debacle, where players revolted over unpaid bonuses with some captured on tape kissing money.
This has seen the nation develop an apathy for their beloved Black Stars which influenced the football association under the tutelage of Kurt Okraku to carve out the ‘Bring back the love’ campaign.
Mr Mantey, who is also aspiring as the parliamentary candidate for Adentan constituency on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes the only way to eliminate such traits is to nurture players from the scratch and focus their minds on patriotism instead of money.
“I always become sad when I hear and listen about the former athletes of Ghana i.e Nana Yaw Konadu, Professor Azumah Nelson, Ohene Karikari among others they did their best for the nation and not for money.
“The guys today don’t have individual spirit and the individual commitment, all their mindset is money and in olden days when you are called to represent your country that one alone will be enough for you
“Before we can win world titles, African cup we have to start nurturing people from the scratch and shift their mind from money syndrome.
“After nurturing them those who always thinks about money will be left out.
“Those who think about money don’t perform well on the field. Ohene Karikari, Nana Yaw Konadu, Professor Azumah Nelson sacrificed for the nation” he concluded.