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Sports News of Tuesday, 30 June 2020


Meagre salaries reason behind players exodus - Odartey Lamptey

Former Ghana international, Nii Odartey Lamptey Former Ghana international, Nii Odartey Lamptey

Former Ghana international, Nii Odartey Lamptey believes Ghanaian players are forced to move out of the country due to their scanty salaries.

Last week, a viral video of about 22 Ghanaian players were begging the officials of the country to help airlift them back to the country after they were left stranded following the cancellation of the football season in Ethiopia, a country that is not known for the development of football.

But the former Aston Villa midfielder has jumped to the defence of the players. According to the former Eleven Wise coach, the players will not go to Ethiopia and other countries to play if their wages in Ghana was good enough.

“The problem is that players in Ghana think they are not getting enough money here so they go elsewhere. Who are you to advise him not to go? At the end of the day, everyone talks about life after football so you have to take care of yourself,” Odartey said on Joy FM.

“If we are not able to change our attitude and pay our players well, this thing won’t change. I understand that sponsorship is a problem so some of the clubs find it difficult to pay players but I’m sure we have a lot of huge companies in Ghana.”

He, however, showed his faith in the current Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, Kurt Okraku. He believes that his administration will find innovative ways to combat the problem.

“With this new FA [led by Kurt], I believe he is doing things behind the scenes. We should be able to bounce back. Clubs should be able to get sponsors and we should be able to pay players well. I was very sad to see the players in the videos from Ethiopia, India and others.”