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Black Stars must be allowed to take their wives and girlfriends to the World Cup, says ex-Ghana star Sammy Kuffour

Published on: 30 March 2014
Sulley Muntari with wife Menaye

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ex Ghana defender Samuel Osei-Kuffour has thrown his support behind suggestions to have the Black Stars players accompanied by their wives and girlfriends to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Ghana FA has come out to deny reports of the suggestion made by team psychologist Professor J.K Mintah to see the players come along to the estimated six-week tournament with their spouses.

This ignited a huge debate as it is the first time such a policy will be implemented in Ghana even though it is a norm with some of the established teams in the World.

The suggestion was to have the wives and girlfriends of the Black Stars players travel to Brazil to offer extra support during the tournament where there will be regulated time frames for the players to interact with their better halves.

But the Ghana FA in a statement last week say it is not considering such a proposal.

But former Ghana star Samuel Osei Kuffour believes the realization of such a proposal will be a major boost for the team at the World Cup.

“I agree 100 percent with plans to have wives and girlfriends accompany the Black Stars to the World Cup,” the ex Bayern Munich defender told Kumasi-based Kessben FM.

“It is all over but just that because it is something new to us it will be difficult for Ghanaians to understand.

“But if we don’t start it now, we cannot begin anywhere. It helps psychologically with the unity of the team.

“Because the wives know each other, they talk and make everything nice.

“The mere fact that you have such a loved one around eases a lot of tension and relaxes the player.

“It also ensures that the players remain in check as they will not be looking to do certain unacceptable things in camp.

“Sometimes also the players get the edge to do something extra on the field of play once they know their loved ones are looking on.

“It will have a psychological advantage for the players and it will bring the team good luck at the World Cup.”

Do you think the proposal to have the wives and girlfriends of Black Stars players travel to Brazil for the World Cup will help Ghana as Sammy Kuffour suggests?

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  • the black says:
    March 31, 2014 12:26 pm
    Pls fellows why don't we forgets bout this old horses, and concentrate bout de turnament, long live Gh
  • big boss says:
    March 30, 2014 11:45 pm
    @ self made.. Thank u very much!! I did love reading your eductive piece and I always come to gsn to read your posts esp with respect to formation!! U know how to debate and u can also insult papa ahaahhahaaaaah!! Love u bro and my sis likes u!!! Lol!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 30, 2014 11:24 pm
    @ boxy.... Thanks bro but if we really want a scientific explanation for this debate, we ll find out having sex before a match has no significant effect on the performance of an athletes! According to scientific research, having sex burn 100-200 kilocalories of cholesterol and oxygen which is a very small fraction of the total energy burn by an athletes in a race or a football match! In fact scientifically, this small kilocalories can be replaced immediately by drink soda and hence sex in itself cannot affect an athlete let alone dip his form!! What really can affect an athlete who just have sex before a match is the CO-FACTORS such as lack of sleep, drinking or mood altering drinks(alcohol) etc!! These factors accompanied sex making and we know how adversely the lack of sleep can do to the body!! A football having his wifey around is the best thing that can happened to his form becasus it makes him stay alert and focused at all times rather than always looking for other alternative form of entertainment!! We should stop always believing the experts and reason sometimes for ourselves!!
  • Boxzy says:
    March 30, 2014 07:53 pm
    @selfmade, I love your academic analysis. Very educative I think!!!!
  • shampele says:
    March 30, 2014 06:00 pm
    sometime the one you think is the wise,will suddenly turn to big full . I love this ex- footballers but day in day out they talk nothing but something unbelievable . You have to remember we are Africans and we must behave likewise pls.god bless ghana
  • kouame says:
    March 30, 2014 06:31 pm
    what are you talking about?first all players are not married and some of them don't even have serious girlfriends,and those who are married just have one wife or one girlfriend stop talking trash about our players mind your own business why leaving your stupid zambian team problems to come and bother us??? useless man.
  • kwame. EA says:
    March 30, 2014 06:54 pm
    Fools, not even wives but girls friends. For Christ sake for what . May God forgive u, foolish S.Appiah and Co. One player in this country has given birth with another player's wife. How wicked, We are all in this country u guys will hear about it soon. Foolish fools.
  • Kay Gyasi says:
    March 30, 2014 05:23 pm
    Nice idea but... 1) this wont be the 1st. You can verify from Rev. Osei Kofi. 2) this wont be prudent at this hour since budget has already been made and they were not factored in. Otherwise, who's going to foot that bill? Of course, if the wives and girlfriends want to go, no one will stop them. In any way, the MoYS & GFA will be holding an Appeal for Funds in aid of sending some fans to Brazil. Perhaps they can consider wives of our dear stingy footballers as part of the fans. 3) The fact that other countries are doing it does not mean we should also do it. They have sound economic policies.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 30, 2014 05:32 pm
    Listen to this kuffuor guy..don't make me go back to 06 world cup when ronaldo tormented ur life all day.just be quite please.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 30, 2014 04:46 pm
    hahahaha! hes desperate.
  • smokey says:
    March 30, 2014 04:14 pm
    Mumbo begging for fb friends on here you pathetic little creature have you got no shame?
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 30, 2014 04:44 pm
    Great! then its settled. GFA please rather make it mandatory for all wives and girlfriends to attend... since the effects of this dogmatic belief cannot be substantiated.
  • Mumbi says:
    March 30, 2014 02:49 pm
    Liverpool fc Supporters can search 4 me on fb as Francis Mumbi. I dont insult there but just on gsn and this is because of selfmade's insults on me on zamfoot.
  • Mumbi says:
    March 30, 2014 02:42 pm
    Zesco 1-0 Madeama With 10 min to go. Madeama Likely to progress as they are leading 2-1 on aggregate.
  • Mumbi says:
    March 30, 2014 02:37 pm
    I've Already advised u not to take concubines to Brazil. The problem with u ghanaians is that u behave like animals when it come to sex. Asamumu Gyan will be admiring Kwado Asamumu's wife 4 sex and vice vesa while supporter Selfmade The Infamous barking dog will go 4 AA's concubines. Prostitutes will just divide the already divided team
  • Troy says:
    March 30, 2014 02:00 pm
    Menya Donkor is FUCKING HOOOT!!! meenhh
  • smokey says:
    March 30, 2014 01:56 pm
    Dont do its a reciepe for disaster if the players partners want to travel on their own steam let them and they can visit on rest days or when training is done but to have them around 24/7 will be pure headache anyway I bet half of them will be happy to away from they're other halves.
  • selfmade says:
    March 30, 2014 01:50 pm
    There is no scientific evidence to prove n support the popular ARGUMENTUM AD POPULUM ( argument by consent) that sex before and after a match affects an athletes! This argument is a typical case of expressing our feelings and emotions towards a topic simply because the so called experts SAY SO! U this is a very similar scenario to the scientific dogma during the medieval ages of the notion that everything revolves around us! It was believed firmly until Copernicus and Galileo proved to all that the sun rather is the center of the universe and that the earth and the other planetary revolves around it! Don't always believed the experts because they can be wrong!! Again, another modern day Copernicus and Galileo is PETER DUESBERG who is a molecular biologist and a long time cancer researcher who has debunked the popular dogma that HIV =AIDS! His theory says that HIV is just a mere passenger virus and doesn't cause the collapse of the immune system!! Drugs rather causes aids!! The authorities are taking him on but I know that just like Galileo and Copernicus, he ll be prove right in future!! There is no scientific evidence to support this dogma that sex before a match affects an athletes!! In fact, scientific evidence doesn't support it!!
  • A cool guy says:
    March 30, 2014 01:30 pm
    Listen to this guy, "it will bring good luck" It will rather bring bad luck, distractions will be their hallmark