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Ghana Premier League players must learn to cherish their own language

Recently, Isaac Mensah of Accra Hearts of Oak decided to play with the players by interviewing them based on his skills. But he was not in absolute control of the English language which made it very difficult for the players to decode. The same incident has happen over and over agent proving to be a mantra that as far as you are been interviewed shows that it is a must to speak English which is not done anywhere like that. Coach Johnson Smith has always been my favorite with a lot of decisions going to his side and coming out to speak on the cases in the local dialect he feels comfortable. These are somethings we have to be yearning for to provide more insight to our culture and country.

English is by far and away the most commonly spoken 'first language' among Premier League players. Despite the steady influx of foreign imports over the last 25 years, you'd be incredibly surprised if it wasn't the native tongue of the majority of individuals in England's top flight. 254 current Premier League players speak English as a first language - those who were born and raised in Britain and Ireland, or who hail from countries such as the United States, New Zealand or Nigeria. I interviewed Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires at a French restaurant in North London. He was charming, intelligent and articulate, but despite living in England for the previous three years, he didn’t speak a word of English and the interview was conducted through a translator. 

When asked if he was learning English, Pires looked embarrassed and said, “I’d really like to learn, but in three years, I haven’t found the time. I had lessons at the beginning, but when you play so often, it’s not easy to concentrate on learning, but I know it’s a mistake.” Though Pires regretted the decision, it clearly was not having any detrimental impact on his career. Former Ghana international has called for the inclusion of more home-based players for the Black Stars after four men made the cut for the upcoming fixtures against Sudan. In his first squad since assuming duty as new Ghana coach in January, CK Akonnor named four men plying their trade in the domestic league in a 23-man roster for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying double-header against the Falcons of Jediane on March 27 and 30.

The motto for the Ghana Premier League is ' let's cherish our own' but common language we can cheerish it. Is this going to hurt us in the long run or we are going to benefit from it. It looks bad ion the side of the authorities to throw dust in the eyes of the ordinary Ghanaian's. How can a player be too confident to speak English and can not be that bod to speak 'Twi' which he or she has been brought up with. Decisions will overturn looking at some display of the verbal articulation of these players forcing to speak English will amaze you if it is really forcing for them to speak the white mans language. Aduana Stars striker Yahaya Mohammed, the highest-scoring Ghanaian in the local league, earned a recall after 13 years in the wilderness while Ashanti Gold fullback Kwadwo Amoako, Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Richard Attah and Asante Kotoko centre-back Habib Mohammed have been called up for the first time. The biggest emerging league at the moment is the Chinese one. They pay extremely high salaries to attract players and they want to challenge the Premier League at some stage. There could be some amazing opportunities in China, although not many people can speak English in the game there. The Indian Premier League is another example of a growing league that wasn’t there ten years ago. We’ve got to keep exposing young players to these opportunities.

We should also bear in mind the examples of players who went to other countries but didn’t learn the language, and therefore didn’t settle in. They lost the opportunity, because they didn’t embrace the culture. It’s about saying to young players that, in terms of their careers, it isn’t just about playing in the UK. Just look at all the foreign players that came here and how well their careers advance because of it. There’s no reason why our young players can’t do the same abroad.

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