Motivation, both instrinsic and extrinsic, plays a cardinal role in modern day sporting excellence most especially with the latter proving the ice-breaker for the emergence of new forces in football.
Chelsea, who have clinched 17 titles since 2003, is a conspicuous evidence of extrinsic motivation with PSG and Manchester City reverberating the importance of the role of monetary rewards in the beautiful game.
Legon Cities, a Ghanaian top-flight outfit, have also deployed a similar approach combined with eye-pleasing branding which has catapulted the Royals from relegation dog-fight to a possible top half finish.
According to a report filed by Kumasi-based radio station Oyerepa FM, the winning bonus of Legon Cities, formerly Wa All Stars, have been pegged at a staggering GHS 1,000 for home games and GHS 2,000 for away games.
The 4-digit winning bonus which arguably is the highest in the top flight pays credence to some of the awesome and mind boggling results chalked by coach Bashir Hayford’s charges – that is not to say the playing body are inspired only by monetary rewards.
Arguably the verdict of the Disciplinary Committee in their game against Ebusua Dwarfs, which ended abruptly could also be fingered as the reason behind the club’s resurgence, at a time many felt a case of ‘sika no ashi’ was going to be the destiny of mega rich owners of Legon Cities – failing to pick a win in their first seven games (four losses and three draws).
For good measure credit could also be given to experienced coach Bashir Hayford for moulding a strong side which appears to have found their rhythm contrary to a club which looked like a constellation of stars rather than a closely knit unit playing for one another.
Baba Mahama, Elvis Opoku, Jonah Attuquaye, Victorien Adebayor, Hans Kwoffie just to mention a few, without contention would walk into any of the teams in the top four positions then again the thought of Ghana’s all-time top scorer, Asamoah Gyan, who is yet to find his feet due to niggling injuries should put fears down the spine of every club facing Legon Cities – a feature which underscores the depth of quality available to Coach Bash.
But all said and done, none of the aforementioned factors matches the role of extrinsic motivation – money to be specific – in the meteoric rise of Legon Cities.
The report suggests this has been the modus operandi for the Royals in their last twelve games including their most recent victory over Ashgold in Obuasi.
In the said 12 games Legon Cities have picked up six wins, recording a draw and losing the reminder however in the last five games the Royals have churned out four wins losing only to West Football Academy (WAFA) at the Sogakoe Red Bull Arena – where even the toughest of oppositions crumble.
Currently in ninth position, Legon Cities will cross swords with Inter Allies at the Accra sports stadium in the ‘Accra New boys derby’ as they aim to continue their ascension.