Ghana: MP advices Ghanaians to keep politics out of football

Posted: February 3, 2010 in Politics
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The Member of Parliament for Bimbilla, Mr. Dominic Nitiwul is virtually not happy about how sections of the public politicize almost everything that goes on in the country.

According to him, politicizing every issue is detrimental to the development of the country and has therefore called for the immediate end to such practices, placing particular emphasis on football, which he believes is a game that unites the entire nation.

“We destroy most institutions with politics. Right from the National Health Insurance-Youth & Employment-NADMO among many others. We should leave football out of this. In fact, we should cut politics out of football. Football is the only sport in Ghana here that brings people together,” he noted in his contribution to a statement made on the floor of the House to congratulate the Black Stars for their sterling performance in the just ended Orange Africa Cup of Nations held in Angola.

He added “if we bring politics into football, we shall destroy the beauty of the game and I don’t think the people of Ghana will forgive us, especially, those in this House.”

He was however happy about the performance of the Black Stars for lifting high the flag of Ghana.

According to him, the performance of the Senior National Team, the Black Stars has far reaching lessons to serve as guide for the entire country to remain committed   in whatever Endeavour they may find themselves.

“Whether you are a politician, a businessman, wherever you find yourself, you should die a little for mother Ghana. You should know at the back of your mind that it is only the substitute who could perform better than you,” he said adding “that is the lesson these young boys have taught us. Therefore, at any stage we find ourselves, we should try and remember that Ghana first before any other thing.”

Mr. Nitiwul however expressed dismay about the controversy surrounding some of the supporters sent to Angola by the President to cheer the Black Stars in the final match against the Pharaohs of Egypt. He pleaded with the President to purely select supporters with some officials to guide them text time such issue comes up.

Earlier, Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku, MP for Evalue-Gwira alleged that some ladies of the 200-cheer contingent that went to Angola to rally support for the Black Stars were sent there for other purposes instead of cheering them to victory. She alleged that there is a high possibility that some of the ladies were lured into bed.

“There were millions and thousands of women who cheered on the Black Stars. Unfortunately, some women were added to the trip not to cheer but for some other services,” she noted.

However, she was reported on Joy Fm, a local fm radio station based in Accra to have redrawn the statement claiming that “it was unwarranted.”

It would be recalled that prior to the crucial encounter with the Pharaohs of Egypt in the finals of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2010, President Mills directed the Chief of Staff, Mr. Martey-Newman, to organize a 200 Ghanaian contingent to Angola to rally support for the team.

The delegation was made up of leaders of all the political parties, as well as some members of the Ghana Bar Association, National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), the media and some other institutions.

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