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Sports News of Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Reintroduce Academicals football team - Ex Kotoko midfielder

A former Kumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder in the late 60’s, Kwabena Adusei, has called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) to reintroduce the defunct Academicals football team to help make the senior national team, Black Stars, very active.

He recalled the old days when the then Commissioner for Sports during the Nkrumah regime, Ohene Djan, used the Academicals as the nurturing ground for the development of Ghanaian football, and said it was the academicals who fed the various first division clubs, now Premier League clubs.

Nana Adu, told the Daily Graphic, that Academicals were a team of students selected from various secondary schols and colleges during their inter-regional football competitions, was a great concept because those who excelled were selected to form the nucleus of the student national soccer team.

“Invariably, these players from the Academicals metamorphosed into the senior national team,” he said.

Nana Adu recalled how the Academicals then played series of games with their counterparts in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries which exposed them to become a formidable side.

“One Sam Acquah, a student of St. John's and Ganiyu, of Salem Secondary, for instance, were with the academicals and were selected to join the squad which went to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964.

Touching on the Black Stars and the local teams, the New York-based ex footballer, who is now on holiday in Kumasi, commended the current national team for improving on their performance .

However, he expressed grave concerned about the fallen standard of the local league which he said had discouraged many football enthusiasts from trooping to the various stadia to watch matches.