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Ghana To Benefit Immensely From CAF President Patrice Motsepe's Visit?

Head of Africa football Dr. Motsepe is arriving in Ghana today for a visit. A number of programmes have been scheduled for the South African businessman. How relevant is his visit to Ghana? 

It is not out of place for CAF President to pay courtesy call on Ghana. Down memory lane, former President Alhaji Issa Hayatou and Ahmad Ahmad at a point had to visit Ghana to interact with the then sitting President and stakeholders. 

A typical scenario was that of Alhaji Issa Hayatou, who had a cordial relationship with former President John Agyekum Kuffour. It was during his tenure that Ghana hosted Africa Cup of Nations in 2008. Ghana and Nigeria had co-hosted the continental showpiece in 2000, before bidding and hosting eight years later. Matters of interest geared towards football development were discussed at length during those visits. 

When Ahmad Ahmad took over the reigns at Confederation of African Football, CAF, then President of Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyanatakyi led him to pay Ghana a visit. Ghana was gradually becoming his second home, in addition to his country of origin, Madagascar. 

With his imminent arrival, Ghana could use the opportunity to deliberate on issues that could promote harmonious relationship between the country and the football governing body across Africa. 

At a time that Africa football is bedeviled with some obstacles, this may be the appropriate forum for officialdom fo come out with what they see as the way forward for the continent. 

Concerns have been expressed about the manner of officiating clubs and National teams have had to endure and that could be discussed for progress. Officiating is a critical menace capable of ruining the aspirations of a club or National team. 

As Ghana prepares to square off with Ethiopia and South Africa in a World Cup qualifier next month, Ghana cannot afford to encounter any incident of poor officiating in those fixtures. 

Although Ghana is in a hot contest with South Africa, which happens to be the country of origin for CAF President Patrice Motsepe, that cannot bar Ghana’s leaders from discussing officiating at length. 

Also, football development must dominate the heart of deliberations, considering the pedigree of Ghana in harnessing talent for Africa football. As a powerhouse in African football, Ghana cannot be left out on policies and programmes designed for promoting and elevating talent and football in the continent, and that ought to be made known to the head of football governing body for Africa. 

Patrice Motsepe’s visit must profusely be of immense benefit to the West African country Ghana.

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