Accra Hearts Of Oak Vs Accra Great Olympics: Can We Sustain The Love For The Local League

Can We Sustain The Love For The Local League Can We Sustain The Love For The Local League

Last Sunday's Ghana Premier League game between Accra Hearts of Oak and Accra Great Olympics, dubbed Mantse derby, brought nostalgic moments that used to characterize the local league.

Gone are the days, when the local league was the toast of the town, especially games involving arch rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak.

It is no longer news that the local league which used to be competitive, has reached a nadir, as other leagues, especially the English premiership, has taken over the love of Ghanaians for football.

For the first time after so many years, we are seeing the love coming back, as some individuals have made it a point to promote the local league.

Mention can be made of Afia Pokua aka Vim Lady, head of programmes at the Despite Media Group, A Plus and a few others who promoted the game, following their favourite club.

Despite the interest the Great Olympics and Accra Hearts of oak game generated and the number of people who turned up at the Accra Sports Stadium, there was also a case of old habits die hard.

A video footage trending on social media, showed a mad rush of supporters, who had massed up in front on the gates waiting for it to be opened, so they can enter free.

As a newspaper, we commend those who used their platforms, including social media to promote the game.

Football is a major unifying factor amongst Ghanaians. However, despite the massive array of talents in the country and the palpable love of the people for football, it is unfortunate that the round leather game is still very much under-developed.

Football development around the globe is hinged on a number of factors which include competitive domestic leagues, efficient administration, modern facilities and equipment, funding/sponsorship, well-trained personnel and, more importantly, institutional football development.

The love for the game is coming back, government through the ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), should leverage on the re-energized love to bring the lost glory for the game.

The Accra Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics game shows that, it can be done and the time to start is now.