Africa‘Disrespectful’ Ghana FA officials behind premature player retirements - Amamoo
The ex-goalkeeper of Ghana has taken a swipe at some officials at the GFA for their “disrespectful behaviour” which he believes is the cause of players staying away from the team
A former Black Stars goalkeeper William Amamoo has warned until some officials of the Ghana FA change their attitudes towards players, the national team will be plagued with “premature player retirements.”
Singling out the FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi, the ‘Black Panther’ pointed out that “some members of the Black Stars management committee think they have been there for long and can disrespect players.”
Amamoo told Goal Ghana: “There is going to be more key players who will retire temporarily from the national team soon if they do not stop disrespecting players. All of us felt proud when we represented our great country, but the bigger issue has to be addressed before most players will make themselves available for selection again.”
The Ayew brothers – Andre and Jordan – were the recent bunch to have joined the provisional retirement train after German-born Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng with Michael Essien set to return after a long international hiatus.
“Finally, I support 100% the actions of the Ayew brothers because [Sulley] Muntari, Essien, Kelvin Boateng and others protested at one time in same manner, but no one listened to them so if it will take these two sons of the legend Abedi Pele for the Association to wake up then so be it.
“I repeat, the reasons why most players are not ready to return to the team is not Nyantakyi, but other people at the FA management who disrespect the players,” Amamoo added.
“No player has any problem With Nyantakyi because he is a gentleman and a very good person who respects every player. Most of the players love him very much.”
Meanwhile, Amamoo, who is one of Ghana’s most decorated shot-stoppers, has tipped Ghana for a third successive World Cup. He said Zambia, the group leaders, do not have what it takes to thwart the Black Stars from going to Brazil 2014.
Ghana will be playing Sudan and Lesotho in the second round of qualifiers June 7 and 16 respectively before locking horns with the Chipolopolo in