2014 World Cup: Ex-Ghana star Osei Kofi claims players bribe coaches to get into Black Stars

Published on: 07 May 2014
2014 World Cup: Ex-Ghana star Osei Kofi claims players bribe coaches to get into Black Stars
Rev osei Kofi

Ghana legend Reverend Osei Kofi claims players bribe coaches to get into the Black Stars, claiming ‘cash ‘na’ hand back ‘na’ floor’ syndrome is prevalent in the national team.

The former Kotoko trainer however fell short of providing names of such players who bribe their way into the Black Stars.

The former Ghana star man claims players pay bribes to coaches to weave their way into the Black Stars.

“During our time, selection into the Black Stars was on merit. It was not like recent years that money is collected from players in order to select them into the national team, he told Metro fm.

“It is now cash ‘na’ hand back ‘na’ floor situation. Which means money is paid for selection to be made.

“In our days things were in a very strict manner because Ohene Djan, the then Director of Sports made things work in a genuine way.

“I know Kwesi Appiah will do the right thing to make Ghana excel in the World Cup.”

Reports about players bribing their way into the Black Stars is not new but some affected players have refused to openly come out due to fear of victimization.

Switzerland-based Ishmael Yartey accused Sellas Tetteh of taking bribes from Ghana U20 players in 2009 and only recently earned a return to the Black Stars.

Italy-based goalkeeper Alima Moro also accused Anthony Edusei of taken money from her in exchange for a place in the Black Queens squad in 2011.

There is deep seated suspicion that local coaches in Ghana take bribes from agents, parents and club owners for their wards to gain places in the various national teams.

Comments

  • Benito
    says: 4 years ago
    Thanks rev for bringing this up,it must be fully investigated and s stop must be put to it,"takers and receivers"must face the law to save our game,but for now let's focus on the world cup.
  • Benny
    says: 4 years ago
    Dauda and AA. What is the logical explanation to pick a bench warmer over an active one.What is the logical explanation for a head coach to keep silence when a goalkeeper trainer run one goalkeeper down in favour of the other. .what is the logical explanation for a head coach to travel all the way to South Africa and not bother to monitor any other player in match or training but goes to one players house,have dinner and give the player his tactical tapes knowing this player is warming bench.
  • Benny
    says: 4 years ago
    Dauda and AA. What is the logical explanation to pick a bench warmer over an active one.What is the logical explanation for a head coach to keep silence when a goalkeeper trainer run one goalkeeper down in favour of the other. what is the logical explanation for a head coach to travel all the way to South Africa not bother to monitor any other player in match or training but goes to one players house,have dinner and give the player his tactical tapes knowing this player is warming bench. AA is taking bribe from Dauda,Inkoom,Afful.There is an imperial evidence to buttress my assertion.AA will find the harsh reality in Brazil.
  • Ghana man
    says: 4 years ago
    Dauda is an experienced goalkeeper with exceptional qualities and we need him to stop the likes of CR 7 n Ozil.
  • Viper
    says: 4 years ago
    "There is a deep seated suspicion that local coaches in Ghana takes bribe from agents,parents and club owners for their ward to gain places in various national teams" What ridiculous statement, what prove do people have? Just because you can talk anyhow doesn't give you the right to be making stupid and wild allegations.Yartey accusing Silas Tetteh of taking bribe is just absolute nonsense,at the end of the day,Silas Tetteh went on to win the U20 title,meaning he picked the right and best players.
  • starbright
    says: 4 years ago
    Benny, The logical explanation to call a GK bench warmer is the same logical explanation to bench the best GK on the last AFCON for a south african GK that was #1 before Dauda arrive. Keep in my though, that GK position is different from in feild position. In all teams at the high level, there is always a hierachy on the GK department. THE reason is the # 1 keeper needs 100 percent confidence. So, no matter how the #2 is doing in training, as long as the #1 is not doing bad, he wilWill keep the post. It is why Scolari stood by Julio Cesar even though he was benched in the championship, in england. Same goes for Casillas, or Bartez with France. It is also not automatic that a player who plays regulary is called while a benched player is called. It is not math. A player can be benched for many reasons. While a player is not playing regularly at club level, he still can be important for the team dynamic at national level. It does not happens only to Ghana, but all the big countries. If you look at the current brazil squad, u will see Maicon, a bench warmer at Roma. But the coach think he will help them win the WC in some capacity. And the coach has left "better" right back who play regulary. My point is that I will suppory ghanain players evrywhere, specialy on dofficult times. Because when they are at the top of their games like Dauda was in the last AFCOn, I will praise the. Just my opinion