Takyi Arhin on GPL Promotion : Aduana Football Club general manager Takyi Arhin says the responsibility of promoting matches of the Ghana Premier League and the various competitions of the Ghana Football Association does not rest on the association and that the main obligations of the GFA are preparation of league fixtures and doing league standings.
According to the veteran football administrator , it is the duty of the clubs to promote and make sure fans attend their games.
“Sometimes when you listen to certain things then you wonder who is speaking. It is not the duty of the GFA to make fans or supporters come to the stadium. The GFA is to create an enabling environment for the clubs. We have got everything we need from the GFA.” , Takyi Arhin , who was a strong critic of the Ghana Football Association during the Kwasi Nyantakyi era , told Kumasi-based Fox FM on Thursday.
Arhin continued :
“There was no sponsorship but the Kurt administration has given us sponsorship , women football have got a sponsorship , the GFA said they will distribute free PUMA Balls and they have done it , they said they will give us free soccer boots and they have done as promised.
They also do the league table and league fixtures and Star Times telecast live matches of the league. And so it beholds on the clubs , if you come to Dormaa we don’t play in empty stadium , the fans come. If you go to Nsoatre , they don’t play in empty stadium too.
Last Sunday we were at Samreboi and the stadium was full to capacity and so the earlier Hearts of Oak and Kotoko wake up from their slumber the better.
“The playing days and the heydays are over. The modern football is so dynamic now and so you cannot say you are Kotoko so the fans will come to your matches just like that. Why was it that when the free gates were opened the fans did not still come?” , he quizzed.
“It was due to a whole lot of factors. Liverpool and Manchester United were also playing around the same time and the youth of today so much love foreign football and so what must we do to make sure the supporters or fans come to the stadium, that is what we must talk about.” , Takyi Arhin added.
The debate about current state of Ghana football has generated heated exchanges among football people in the country.
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