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Sports Minister Hon. Mustapha Ussif charges GFA, clubs to reclaim lost glory in CAF club competitions

The lawmaker recalled the glorious days of Ghanaian clubs on the continent and charges the clubs to reminisce such performances again

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, has charged the Ghana Football Association and clubs in the local league to make conscious efforts to reclaim the country’s lost glory on the continent.

The lawmaker recalled the glorious days of Ghanaian clubs on the continent and charges the clubs to reminisce such performances again.

The minister made the call while addressing members of the football family during the 29th Ordinary Congress of the Ghana FA held in Kumasi on Monday.

“Our premier league clubs have lost their competitive edge, and it is time to reclaim our position among Africa’s best,” he charged.

The honest call of the minister could not have come at a better time following the poor show of Ghanaian giants – Kotoko and Hearts – in CAF club competitions last season.

The Porcupine Warriors were shockingly kicked out of the CAF Champions League at the preliminary stage by Burkinabe side Kadiogo at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

A 1-0 away win for the Porcupine Warriors was blown away by the Burkinabe side when the overturn the score line and kicked out the Ghanaian side on penalties.

Similarly, Hearts of Oak failed to make it out of the preliminary stage in the CAF Confederation Cup falling to Malian side AS Bamako.

The story for the two giants has been the same for almost a decade with none of them making it to the group stage of the continental competitions.

The worrying situation has compelled the Yagaba-Kubori MP to charge the Football Association and the clubs to double their efforts in reclaiming their lost glory on the continent.

“The FA, Club owners and key stakeholders must invest in all aspects of the game to attract more fans, fill our stadiums, and regain our prominence in African club competitions.

“Let us develop strategies to make our domestic league more attractive, competitive, and financially sustainable,” he added.

Ghana will be represented on the continent by Medeama SC and Dreams FC in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively next season, and many expect the story to be different from their predecessors.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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