Veteran coach J.E. Sarpong has revealed on Total Sports Review on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he has not been officially informed on why he was sacked as coach for Ebusua Dwarfs.
He however reiterated that, he will never disclose the circumstances that saw him leave the club in 2016.
Speaking to host Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi, he said, at the appropriate time, the club would come out with the reason for his dismissal but ‘’I will not lead that crusade. I will not be the one to tell you why Dwarfs sacked me. I don’t want to discuss Dwarfs on air.''
Ebusua Dwarfs announced in 2016, the sacking of head coach JE Sarpong following the team’s poor performance in the Ghana Premier League.
But JE Sarpong said sacking ‘’is part of the coaching job. So if you are a coach and you are sacked, you don’t have to feel sorry. You just have to pack your things and leave,’’ he added.
‘’I knew I haven’t done anything and so if you have sacked me; I don’t know the reason why you sacked me. You gave me a letter that you have been sacked without giving me the reasons…So why do I come and tell you [Nhyiraba] that, the letter presented to me, gave reasons for my sack? They gave me a letter with three sentences so why should I discuss them?
He also reveal on the show that, his relationship between him and the chairman, formed the basis for his refusal to keep mute over the issue because all his benefits including monthly salary, bonuses due him, were paid in full.
Former PRO for the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Mohammed Amin Lamptey, has taken a swipe at two of the nation’s most favourite clubs, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko over what he described as poor management.
He believes the two teams must take a look at their administrative set-up because it is extremely poor.
‘’How can you convince me that, Accra Hearts of Oak was unable to renew the contract of a player? Why should the team not have a projection of the number of players leaving the team and those to replace them?
He slammed the two teams for lacking the competence to motivate their players, assess their players, and replace the players.
‘’If the teams lacks the competence to do all these things, then we have a long way to go,’’ he told Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi on Total Sports Review on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Sunday.
Mr. Lamptey said football is now a ‘’big business’’ hence the need for the teams to appreciate that.
‘’The team managers we have in Ghana today, are incompetent, they lack managerial skills. What is their background? Administratively what have they learnt about management, he quizzed further.
‘’They cannot even manage themselves, let alone manage players…If you look at other Chief Executives, the least said about them, the better. Football is different from the normal business; you must have someone who understands football administration and the team he is managing. Your manager should be able to draft a long term plan for the team. We do not have all these things yet everyone is claiming to be a manager,’’ he said.
''If Hearts and Kotoko are listening then they should listen with rapt attention. Football is about planning, football is about organization, football is about money. Football is about thinking big...The two teams do not know what is in football. If they know, why have they failed to manage their teams and bought players? They have no idea what is going on in the world today.We are joking because football is about mathematics. The two teams are jokers. They don't know what they are about.''
The renowned broadcaster said, it was up the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and the nation Ghana, to realize that, if we indeed want to develop our football, ‘’let see how best we can help these traditional teams; it’s not about pampering them but it is about giving them a helping hand.
Flagbearer hopeful who doubles as the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has advised party supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to bury their differences and support who ever emerges as candidate for 2020.
The legislator told a crowd of NDC supporters at a mini-rally at Asawasein the Ashanti Region on Saturday that, “The problems challenging Ghana, the problems challenging the NDC, the problems challenging the Asawase constituency are not for the faint-hearted. We need bold, courageous leadership to be able to solve the problems. What we are doing now in trying to reorganize the party is a family matter. We want everybody onboard. We want everybody to show love and loyalty to the NDC.”
“Competition is the spirit of democracy and so wherever there is competition, it’s a show of how competent or how better you are than your opponent. It is not a time for war; it is not a time for insults. This is the time you have to show commitment to the vision. And so whatever is happening in NDC should not discourage any persons, it’s a family contest. And I’m assuring you that whoever is elected the parliamentary candidate, the presidential candidate, we all have to give our 100% support to that person,” he added.
He also called on party supporters to prepare for victory 2020. He chided the NPP for lying its way into power, stating the NDC will win the 2020 polls to develop Ghana.
“We have one goal and that goal is that 2020 we must win the election. We are not just going to show Nana in 2020 we are going to win the election to develop mother Ghana. Politics is service to the people, if you deceive the people to win power it is like pregnancy, tomorrow it is the lies that will lead to your downfall. So I want to appeal to all of you in politics to let truth prevail. If you are leading people and the people don’t trust you, there is nowhere you can develop the people because leaders themselves don’t produce, it is the followers who work and produce,” he added.
Dignitaries present included Member Parliament for Odododiodioo, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, Member Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, Member Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, Member Parliament for Asawase, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak and other Members Parliament from the Minority side.
The offices of the National Youth Employment Programme located on the third floor of the Ridge building, Accra has been gutted by fire, Rainbow Radio’s Fiifi Ankomah has reported.
According to him, office equipment including computers, files, furniture and other valuables have been reduced to ashes as a result of the fire.
He told rainbowradioonline.com that, about four fire tenders and personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service were at the scene to prevent the spread of the fire.