Hooliganism is a canker that mars the beauty of the game across the globe. Football stakeholders across every corner of the world express worry when hooliganism creeps into their game. World football governing body, FIFA, does not entertain the act within its parameters.
In various territories, officials have come out with punitive measures to deal with supporters who engaged in that reprehensible action.
Narrowing it down to Ghana, hooliganism can be labeled as a perennial problem for the local game.
The canker has bred in the second tier of football structure in the West African nation.
In the division one league, hooliganism is on the brink of taking the shine out of the talents available in that area.
Since time immemorial, heads of the FA have gone every mile to deal with the menace.
Hefty fines have been given to teams to serve as deterrent but that did not generate a zero tolerance of hooliganism.
Under Kwesi Nyantakyi reign, Elmina Sharks were subjected to severe maltreatment by some team, after which they were punished but did not put a halt to the incident.
Wassaman United, then playing at Donpim, decided to revenge an old feud against Ebusua Dwarfs, which resulted in a damage to players and other officials, the decision that ensued did not scare the perpetrators.
2020/21 season in Ghana is recording same act in Zone 1 of the division one league.
In the aforementioned Zone, three separate acts of hooliganism have been recorded in the books.
Zone 2 has also seen what could probably explode if proper attention is not given.
In Zone 1, Nsuatreman FC gave an unpleasant experience against Real Tamale United.
This called for worry among stakeholders.
Nsuatreman FC followed it with an apology, but that did not pull the break on the unbearable act.
Wamanafo Mighty Royals shamefully followed with an inhuman act.
The rest followed suit.
To find a lasting solution or mitigate hooliganism, Ghana Football Association President Kurt Okraku has embarked on a tour to get a first hand understanding of factors leading to the breeding of hooliganism in a season that had gone well so far.
In those visits, especially to Zone 1, Kurt will be afforded the opportunity to come into terms with wha seems likely to ruin the game, that so much investment had been injected into.
The relevance of such a tour cannot be undervalued, but will that bring to an end, the act?
Teams in the second tier ought to give a full commitment toward eradicating this canker, as the second round of the league takes a turn this weekend.
Such acts cannot be replicated in the next half, hence tougher punitive measures is the best tool to employ.
If not, the second round, per analysis, may produce such acts of barbarism, leaving the game to wail.
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