Tony Yeboah, a former Ghanaian international and legend of Eintracht Frankfurt, has expressed his belief that football in Ghana is in a state of decline, a fact that he believes is widely recognized.
Football in the country has struggled to attract large audiences, with low attendance being observed in the current season across various stadiums.
In an interview with Accra-based Peace FM, the former Black Stars striker admitted that he is unaware of the current happenings in Ghanaian football as he does not follow it closely.
“I don’t know what is going on because I don’t follow,” he stated. “Everyone knows that Ghana football is in decline because they didn’t listen to the advice we gave them from the beginning.
“So, I think they are now facing the consequences. If you introduce bribes and other illicit practices into football, you will destroy the game.”
Yeboah, who is a legend at Eintracht Frankfurt, also proposed that the football leadership in Ghana should take a greater interest in nurturing young players and reviving colts football in order to produce exceptional talents, which Ghana was previously renowned for.
“The only advice I can give them is to focus on training the youth and developing colts football; otherwise, it will be challenging to produce top players like we used to have in the past. It will be very difficult.”
Ghanaian clubs have struggled to reach the group stages of CAF inter-club competitions. Berekum Chelsea was the last Ghanaian club to make it to the group stage of the CAF Champions League, while Asante Kotoko featured in the Confederation Cup group stage in 2019.
Furthermore, the Black Stars have been unable to end the country’s 41-year trophy drought. The team exited the group phase of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, finishing at the bottom of their group with just one point. Under the management of Otto Addo, the team also exited the group phase of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after winning just one game.