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Patriotic players who weep during national anthem must be invited to Black Stars - Minister

Published on: 17 July 2014
Deputy sports minister wants only patriotic players to be invited to the Black Stars

Ghana's new Deputy Sports Minister Vincent Oppong Asamoah says players with patriotism like those crying when the national anthem is played must be invited to play for the Black Stars insisting money must not be used to the source of motivation.

The Dormaa West MP is apprehensive about the ineradicable norm of using money as a means of motivation and reward for footballers who are invited to play for the various National Teams and has given a strong indication that the system will be scrapped under the new administration.

says he will urge managers of the national teams to invite only 'committed players who feel the pride in putting on the national colours and willing to 'die' for the nation without making awkward financial demands or otherwise.

The former deputy Water Resources minister has also stated that the patriotism and commitment of athletes to the nation must be realised through their sobriety and ability to 'weep' during the rendition of the Ghana National Anthem.

"I think it is time we stop this norm, this current system is damaging and I think we have to stop it somewhere now then we can start on a good note," Hon Oppong Asamoah told Angel FM in referring to his administration's new measures.

"You cast your mind back to all our past stars like Kwasi Appiah and others and you see the true love of the nation at heart. You see people who are proud of donning the national jersey and not just about the money".

"Those were the times that you see Ghanaian athletes crying and feeling deep affection for the country when they get the opportunity to represent Ghana, some of them weep uncontrollably during the rendition of the national anthem and you say yes, this is love and these are people who think about the country".

"Even currently, some of the players for other countries were seen weeping during their country's national anthem at the World Cup but did you see any of the Ghanaian players reminiscing that act?"

"Those are the kind of players we need" He emphasized.

"It is fair that comb every part of the World and fish for all Ghanaians who are capable of offering their bits and quotas to the Nation but I we need to get Ghanaians who are proud of the nation and ready to die for Ghana, not only the footballers but every body who has something to offer", He added

"Look at what some people have gone to Brazil and done to themselves, other also running to seek asylum and lying blatantly about the nation and do you think anybody with love for the nation will do that", Everything is about money and so the love for the nation is not there".

It is a common practice to see national athletes kissing their national badge and weeping when the national anthems are recited at sporting events to show affection and pride for the nation.

North Korea's Jong Tae is known for crying when the North Korean national anthem is played before matches, most notably when Korea DPR played their first game of the 2010 World Cup against Brazil.

The new Deputy Minister's comments is expected to generate a huge debate about whether the commitment of athletes must be based on the ability to 'weep' or otherwise.

Do you think this must must be done? Do you think our players are patriotic? Do you think some players can sign the national anthem? Do you think this is necessary? Make your views known in the box below:


This article has 29 comment(s), give your comment
  • ABOUNICO says:
    July 18, 2014 09:45 am
  • Koo Tee says:
    July 18, 2014 08:49 am
    I don't know how to cry hence cannot don the national jersey.Ao!!! where from this minister? Mahama,WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO THE NATION?WHERE DID YOU PICK THIS MAN FROM? Tweaaa!!!!!!!! yen ahu amane!!Another disaster!!!
  • kakape says:
    July 18, 2014 06:19 am
    I now really agree with the assertion that Ghana is being ruled by morons. If the minister wants people who can shed tears to play for the BS then he should go to funeral grounds & select his players there. Stupid MP
  • kafui says:
    July 18, 2014 04:36 am
    Where are they supposed to start the crying? At trying grounds? He should come again
  • Tanko says:
    July 18, 2014 05:13 am
    Lololololo Hahahaha! Allah! Some of our players can't even recite the national anthem papa minister. I don't blame this minister but I blame the one who employs him. Such are some of the conflicts Nyantakyi created. But what is fifa doing. In fact Ghana needs to banned ASAP
  • Rasky says:
    July 18, 2014 02:14 am
    Another clown in a top position,what is this guy talking about,ok Mr Minister set an example by forfeiting your allowances,join metro bus to work and sacrifice your monthly pay check before you can come and talk about the players. What has weeping got to do with commitment. Am soo disappointed in this crop of leaders we have in Ghana.
  • lion-fire says:
    July 18, 2014 02:48 am
    No players cried more than David Luiz and Co at the world cup. Germany put 7 past them. Actually they were criticized for being cry babies..Gyeabour or whatever his or her name is, the honorable minister chose the wrong words or metaphor to describe commitment. Don't defend wrongness.u won't see a tear on a German face, not even a small smile. But they got the job done
  • A concerned citizen says:
    July 18, 2014 02:53 am
    Crying alone should not be a criteria to call players into the national team or else every player will be crying on the field for a call up.Using Akwasi Appiah as an example is a slap on the face of Ghanaian fans who wants him to be fired ASAP. I did not see Akwasi Appiah crying probably when the captainship was taken from him and given to Abedi Mr, Minister in this 21st Century money is a motivating factor in soccer..Why do you think FIFA dishing out money in soccer? Mr Minister, this goofing alone has exposed your ignorance .
  • Stryka says:
    July 18, 2014 03:20 am
    Look at how stupidly misrepresenting what the man said. He is only talking about commitment and dedication among athlete. I wish u guys could criticise him on this instead of acting like dumbs.
  • Papa USA says:
    July 17, 2014 11:39 pm
    See this one too. Oh my Lord what has Ghana come to. A player cries and he or she is patriotic. Hmmmm only God can save us from these people.
  • Benito says:
    July 17, 2014 10:27 pm
    Sir your statement is rather infantile and has exposed you. I don't think you can do a good job at the ministry'the fact that some players don't shed tears doesn't mean they are not patriotic'we all have different temperament so force players to cry when the national anthem is being played. This is primitive thinking on your part !!
  • Henry van Acquah says:
    July 17, 2014 10:27 pm
    Do you know the reason why they cry?bcos the nation treat them good. But ghana did not treat their players like dat,i want to see you crying when the national anthem played so dat the everybody learn from you.dont talk too much bcos you will do more than wat happend in Brazil,let wait and see if you can do the job without pay for just two month
  • Nana says:
    July 17, 2014 04:33 pm
    It wiil not work because I player will cry for a management committee member to go for money and enjoy. There is nowhere in the world that money does not talk.In Africa ,we screw our young ones for we the elders to get rich.
  • Boro says:
    July 17, 2014 04:37 pm
    Yes ooo mister minister! But ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE IN POLITICS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SERVE YOUR PEOPLE OR BECAUSE OF THE USUAL LOOT AND SHARE or the usual greed for money? I do not see this kind of your patriotism in the Ghanaian politicians like yourself rather the usual greed for money. So now that you are talking about patriotism from the players you politicians should be seen to lead the same way because the politician has inflicted far far serious damage with his greed for money in this country than the players. After all you could give examples of players in the 80's you have sacrificed for this nation through football but can we say the same for politicians since say 1979?
  • Boro says:
    July 17, 2014 04:38 pm
    Yes ooo mister minister! But ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE IN POLITICS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SERVE YOUR PEOPLE OR BECAUSE OF THE USUAL LOOT AND SHARE or the usual greed for money? I do not see this kind of your patriotism in the Ghanaian politicians like yourself rather the usual greed for money. So now that you are talking about patriotism from the players you politicians should be seen to lead the same way because the politician has inflicted far far serious damage with his greed for money in this country than the players. After all you could give examples of players in the 80's you have sacrificed for this nation through football but can we say the same for politicians since say 1979 to date?
  • selfmade says:
    July 17, 2014 04:43 pm
    Waa look! Eii AWURADE YEWUO! Ghana PA NIE! See such a naive statement from a minister of state! Lol! And which of the Ghanaian players cried during the national anthem in any of our matches? Can the minister name of such Ghanaian player? So this is the sort of minister to to restore dignity to out football? Haha! Asem Ben nie? I didn't see any of the German players shedding TEARS AND CRYING DURING THEIR NATIONAL ANTHEM but they won the WC? Again I didn't see any of the Ghanaian players of old esp in south afric , who WEEP LIKE A BABE during our national anthems but we went all the way to the quarter finals! So now, we are going to select our players based on their TEAR FLOW during anthems but not their competence or quality? Haha! So this is what this deputy minister has for our crisis hit national team? Haha! OK, he is a deputy minister of sports which includes all our games, what ll be his criteria for selection of players into the other disciplines too? Is it also going to be THE SAME SHEDDING OF TEARS? AWURADE NYANKOPON YEN WUO!! By their fruits, we LL know them( apologies to kwaku baako) and this minister is another ELVIS-YAMIN in the making!
  • Rasheed says:
    July 17, 2014 04:52 pm
    Who is this local man?.I don't understand John Mahama?.Where does he pick his ministers from?,from the forest or [email protected] oppong do you cry when the national anthem is being played?.Did the Germans cry before they won the world cup.Ayarga and Oppng are misfits for the sports ministry.
  • selfmade says:
    July 17, 2014 04:57 pm
    This man's statement has portrayed him as lacking the requisite knowledge to run our football! He is lost in his portfolio and can someone tell this minister that, football is now a big business and in any BIG CORPORATE BUSINESS OR WORLD, money runs the show? This man still has the COLONIAL OR GOLD COAST MENTALITY and his ideas ll be disastrous for the nation! The president better act fast, to change this man before he totally WRECK THE SINKING BOAT! He is talking about the love for nation but my question to this minister is this, DOES HE RETURNED ALL HIS PAYS TO THE STATE? LOL!
  • xoxoKSxoxo says:
    July 17, 2014 05:10 pm
    Is this minister for real? Was he made minister becos he shed tears for the country. Does he not get his monthly salary to feed his family? This STUPIDITY must end somewhere. Being a footballer is a job. This is how these players feed themselves and their family. By the age of 35, they retire unlike this minister who can go on with his job until 65 or so yrs to retire with practically no occupational hazard. A footballer can mess his knee up even before the age of 35, if even that, and may not be able to play again to make money for the years after that. This is why they are paid huge sums to see them through their life. They dont live in Ghana where things are cheaper. They are worth what they ask for and they are not corrupting the nation in anyway. The last I checked, when workers dont get their money on time and often have back pay, they go on strike and everybody understands cos they too must eat. When appearance fees that must be paid before the beginning of a tournament and is not paid, they have the right to complain. For the life of me I dont understand why people criticize the players and not GFA for not doing what they were suppose to do. You can get players like Fatau Dauda who seems commited to keep the post but what will you get out of them? mediocre performance. If you want the best, you must be willing to put out what it takes to get the best. Get a coach, one who knows how to coach and has a consistent starting 11, who is not clueless. Not one who has the perfect game plan only in his head but dont know how to execute one on the field. The players deserve to be paid just like you mr. minister. Sometimes it is better to keep quiet and not say a word than to try and say something with no wisdom.
  • mukmin says:
    July 17, 2014 05:57 pm
    Weeping for the national anthem != skill and talent. Idiotic comment players should be invited on merit of talent, skill and form not whether or not they cry when the national anthem is being played.
  • Coach says:
    July 17, 2014 06:43 pm
    I will not comment on this because you guys have decisively dealt with this ignorant minister. The only thing I will add is that Ghana is being govern by amateurs like this man so I don't expect anything better from them
  • benny says:
    July 17, 2014 07:27 pm
    For years l have been searching for why Ghana is deemed poor when we have everything under the sun to be rich to cater for the needs of the citizens and even give out to the needy.l have found my answer? A whole minister talking like a two year old.. Who voted him an MP and what did Mahama saw to make such a prick a minister? Square pecks in round hole.God have mercy.
  • Gyeabour dormaa says:
    July 17, 2014 07:31 pm
    For once self made and ur ppl shld talk sense and stop writing rubbish.what Vincent said is a proverb and is nt meant for narrow thinkers.all that he meant was patriotism and commitment .
  • the voice in the wilderness says:
    July 17, 2014 07:33 pm
    Hypocrites and parasites. Sir, do you cry when the national anthem is being played or better still, do you know the words of the national anthem? Cry the beloved country for the dplorable state the NDC has plunged you into.
  • Asenega says:
    July 17, 2014 07:44 pm
    Kwasiaman u want the players 2 cry on the field while u nd ur stupid FA sit @ the office nd enjoy their hard earned money. Aboa funu
  • steve biko says:
    July 17, 2014 08:52 pm
    These are the ministers Mahama is using to run GH. Kwasia wei!!!
  • milky says:
    July 17, 2014 08:57 pm
    What a stupid thing to say. Instead of addressing the underlying problem which is paying the players, and bad coaching, this man get a medium and make such a ridiculous and stupid statement. The thing is he thinks the players should play regardless of weather they are being paid or not. But he gets his salary on time. This is what angers me the most - the so call leaders get their monthly salary which to begin with is too much but they want someone else to suck it up and work without pay. Its pretty much like the people in power thinking Ghanaians complain too much when they themselves are making big monies at the expense at the population. Wtf.....this leaders are really ignorant. I will never do anything free for Ghana! I will tell my kids to also never do anything for Ghana until things change
  • selfmade says:
    July 17, 2014 09:07 pm
    Gyeabour... Mate, u can be right about the minister speaking figuratively but that doesn't take away the fact that, what we are saying is false! There can never ever be a true patriotism and commitment when people see how public officials are amassing and abusing public funds! True peoples revolutions, arises from what is currently happening in Ghana! In this modern world, we are no longer LIVING IN A WORLD OF NATIONS AND IDEOLOGIES but rather the COLLEGE OF CORPORATIONS! Corporations are businesses and any business can only survive with money! The president of any modern day nation with democratic principles are called as CEO( CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER) and hence democracy is not an idealogy but a BUSINESS CORPORATION! All the big football corporations or clubs are reaping massive business success becasue they invest in their business and Ghana can only attain success not by vain commitments and patriotism but rather by investing in our football! In committement and patriotism are his remedies for ailing football, then am sorry to say that he is lost in this modern COPRORATE WORLD AND HIS IDEAS ARE ARCAHIC AND OLD FASHION!
  • Rasheed says:
    July 17, 2014 09:55 pm
    @Gyeabour dormsa,You are the SMARTEST person amongst us who can understand that local minister.Clap for Gyeabour pa pa pa pa pa.