The former Mayor of Kumasi under the erstwhile NDC administration, Kojo Bonsu has called on the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ministry of Sports (MoS), National Sports Authority (NSA) and other major stakeholders, to engage in a national conversation without any political lenses and colorations.
He made this hitherto important call during Metro TV’s Sports Forum discussion on “the state of Ghana sports, challenges and the future”, held on September 28, 2021.
The former Sports Authority Director revealed that sports remains one of the few things that brings about national cohesion regardless of our differences, and as such, needs to be done to restore the lost glories of our national sporting teams which brought so much happiness and tranquillity during the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournament.
He recounted how proud Ghanaians were in Germany during the 2006 World Cup.
Mr. Bonsu equally touched on the need for government to walk the talk of given tax waivers or exemptions to sports individuals, industry institutions or quasi institutions that import or engage in sports related trading. He believes that this will bring in more sponsors and entities availing themselves for the development of the sports industry, and this will “bring back the love” GFA has been working towards.
The forum saw many sports experts and analysts whose submissions were engendered with lived experiences including Gary Al-Smith (Sports Journalist), Mr. Prosper Harrison Addo (GFA Gen. Secretary), Karl Tuffour (Sports Journalist), Mr Bawa Hussein (Gen. Secretary GAA), Yusif Chibsa, Ibrahim Saani Daara (CAF), Dr. Antwi (UPSA), Eva Okyere (GFA- Appeals Commission Member & LOC 2023 Member) etc.
The forum according to the moderator of the show, Dr. Randy Abbey, is one of the many yet to come which is geared towards proffering solutions to the many challenges slapped on sports in Ghana.