Local players will have to earn call ups to the national team

Local players will have to earn call ups to the national team

The recommendation from the Presidential Commission for the Ghana FA to consider introducing a quota system in the selection of players to the various national teams have been rejected.

This move, according to the three-member commission is to help boost patronage and support for local football clubs.

Most of the national football teams ? especially the Black Stars ? are heavily reliant on foreign-based players.

In the case of the Black Stars in current times, no outfield player from the local league has been able to break into the side.

There have been sustained media campaigns to have some form of allocation to the local league in terms of call ups to the national team.

The Presidential Commission set up to probe Ghana?s disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup attempted to make this position official by featuring it in the recommendations of its report where proposed a quota of at least two slots in the selection process.

But government has rejected this recommendation outright ? insisting it will wither the strength of quality of the various national teams.

?The Commission recommends that to help patronize the local league matches and support the local football clubs in their dire financial difficulties, the GFA should consider a quota system for minimum of two (2) players plying their trade within the local league for all our national (male and female) teams,? the government White Paper read.

?Government rejects this recommendation. Not only will this derogate from the quality of the national teams; it will also lower the morale of Ghanaian players who may be playing their trade outside Ghana and who may on merit be much better than the Ghanaian players plying their trade within Ghana.?


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