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Agyemang Badu laments over bad football pitches in Ghana

FIFA U-20 World Cup winner Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has lamented over the poor nature of football pitches in Ghana. He believes it is a major contributing factor to why the domestic league, particularly the premiership is losing its shine and credibility.

“It’s a shame that at this time we still play on pitches filled with potholes. Some are even grassless especially at the Division One level. You definitely cannot play on such bad pitches and expect entertaining football and good results.

“Lets not forget playing on bad pitches has its own implications. Apart from making ball control and directions extremely difficult, it also bring injuries easily. This is one area I want our authorities to critically look at if the game is to improve” he noted.

Many have said on numerous occasions that the Ghana Premier League, unlike some years back lacks quality players. They say the unavailability of skillful and ball jugglers who pulls crowd to the stadium and it’s accompanied frequent player exodus has caused the declined of the league.

But the former Black Stars midfield kingpin, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu who scored the match winner in penalty shoot-out against Brazil in the 2009 FIFA U-20 Youth Championship thinks otherwise.

“Yes we used to have many great and skillful players some time past who used to attract people to the stadium. Now we don’t have much of such talents because our generation is different. I believe those around are good and trying their best.

“But they lack the resources to make their work complete. Look at even the training pitches around and compare to elsewhere. It’s a big worry we must address if the league is to develop” he noted.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu played consistently for Berekum Arsenal in the Ghana Premier League and later Asante Kotoko before moving outside to seek greener pastures.

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