Listening to President Mahama last night, I had one major issue on my heart with regards to sports and unearthing young talents in various sporting disciplines to create a solid foundation for Ghana sports.
The likes of Aziz Zakari(at least he often made it to the Olympics finals before pulling a “ritual” hamstring when Ghanaians believe he’s going to pick a medal) and Leo Myles-Mills have phased out. The Margaret Simpsons and Vida Anims have also phased out and Ghana has now become mere spectators at the Olympics. Football is no different as we struggle to even qualify for youth tournaments lately and I was waiting for that glimmer of hope to revive our dying sports. Ghanapoliticsonline. Com
So you can imagine the joy in my heart when President Mahama said “we will convert one of the new community day shs being built in every region into a sports school of excellence so we will have 10 sports schools of excellence to unearth talents and build them in various sporting disciplines”. At this point, I remembered Hon. Nii Lantern is the sports minister.
This is the promise of a visionary leader. The likes of Sulley Muntari, Isaac Owusu (Ninja), Michael Osei(Emba Power), Joe Louis, Stephen Oduro, Vida Anim, etc were talents unearthed during the “milo games” and “interco”. These were the days when unearthing young talents in secondary schools was a priority. That era is no more and Ghana as a nation needed a visionary leader to show us the new way forward.
I am not surprised JM came up with the way forward though. These community day shs are already being constructed and adding the sporting aspect to it won’t be a big deal.
Let me end by saying that this promise when implemented will bring an end to the era of athletes being cheated by managers and other stakeholders of sports as well as build the nationalistic spirit in athletes hence we are not going to see athletes hold the nation to ransom like we saw in Brazil again. This is because these players will have access to formal education (the key to end cheating of athletes) and keeping them together in these schools will as well help build their nationalistic spirits and build teamwork.
I am already dreaming of a return of the days I use to go to the stadium to watch athletics and sports and staying deep into the night to watch juvenile teams of Ghana lift trophies.
Catch you on the flip side, folks.
(THE SPORTS PREDATOR)