Legend Osei Kofi's son Emmanuel urges Ghana FA to focus on grassroots development

Published on: 24 November 2017
Legend Osei Kofi's son Emmanuel urges Ghana FA to focus on grassroots development
Emmanuel Osei is the son of Ghana legend Reverend Osei Kofi

Son of Ghana legend Reverend Osei Kofi has urged the FA to concentrate on fixing grassroots football after the country's failure to qualify to the 2018 World Cup.

Emmanuel Osei, who lives in the United Kingdom, is encouraging the local federation to pay particular attention to developing the game at the grassroots level.

The Kumasi-born former footballer says the West African nation is at  “at a critical time of change” and will need to be fixated on developing the game from the basics.

"We have shown that we have an appetite for football over the years and the only way to consolidate the little gains made is to develop grassroots football," he told Ghana's most powerful radio station Peace FM

"It's disappointing we failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but we have to stop the blame game and get to work.

"Starting off with developing the game at the grassroots, playing at school, at club level and when these kids come through, they will obviously be technically and tactically improved.

"There is no short-cut to success. We have to make a conscious effort as a nation to identify the talents and develop them from the down.

“Without a strong grassroots programme we will not sufficiently unearth and develop talent that will lead to exceptional results for Ghana at the high performance level.”

By Patrick Akoto

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