By Ameenu Shardow
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Ghanaâ€™s Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has defended the inclusion of a drummer/entertainer in a 10-member supporting staff for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup.
Joseph Langabel, a professional painter is the man mandated to keep the Black Stars players motivated and entertained during major tournaments.
His humorous poems are always a great comic relief to both players and officials during assignments.
His role has however been brought into scrutiny after the Ghana FA signed an agreement with a firm to provide entertainment for the team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Many believe Langabelâ€™s inclusion is a waste of scarce resources as he has been captured in the breakdown of the approved $9.8m budget for Ghanaâ€™s campaign at the World Cup.
But Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Akrah insists Langabelâ€™s role is crucial for the teamâ€™s success in Brazil and therefore must not be compromised but rather given the fullest of respects.
â€œPeople who do their work well need to be respected no matter how small it is,â€ the Sports Minister said at a press conference earlier in the week.
â€œAsk the players themselves how much they are motivated by the singing, dancing and drumming they engage in before matches.
â€œIt should not be discounted. The drummer plays a very important role for the teamâ€
Langabel provides other vital services to the Black Stars team apart from his core mandated of entertainment.