Assistant coach of the Black Stars, Maxwell Konadu has emphasized the need for the government to pay attention to grassroots football in the country.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the Accra edition of the Betway Talent Search tryouts, Maxwell Konadu who expressed excitement with the talents discovered by the initiative made a passionate appeal to the government to improve sports infrastructure.
Maxwell Konadu who has been part of a scouting team that has toured all 10 regions in the country to select players for the finals of the Betway-sponsored project observed that the country abounds in football talents, however, lack of proper of infrastructure is derailing the efforts the young players in reaching their goals.
“We have to thank Betway for this project, I think they are doing a great job. I am not surprised about the quality of talents discovered so far in the talent search. We have many raw talents in the country. Our pride is seeing these products going higher. Ghanaian players are very good. When we do a good job, it will go a long way to help Ghana as a whole. The problem we have in the country is infrastructure. With the right infrastructure, we can groom top quality players. A lot of the players do not get to the peak because of the lack of infrastructure, he said.
The Betway Talent Search which is in its second year is a novelty project that seeks discover football talents from every part of the country.
This year’s edition has seen the coaching team led by Stephen Appiah tour all ten regions in the countries, climaxing it with the Greater Accra tryout which was held at the University of Ghana Stadium last Saturday.
Over 370 players showed up and were taken through drills and selection processes by the scouting panel of Stephen Appiah, Coach Michael Osei, Coach Eric Antwi of Lizzy Sports Complex, Godfred Adoube, Sam Johnson, Mohammed Gargo and Coach Maxwell Konadu.
Forty players were selected and will be joined by their colleagues from other regions today Monday, September 3, 2018 at the Lizzy’s Sports Complex to fight for available spots in the Southern tea.