WHY?

By June 23, 2020 Articles

There are so many reasons, nuances and facets in between. But I wanted to discuss the where’s and why’s as to beginning a News and Articles page. A blog and Team Ghana EU. EU standing for European and the diaspora. But wanting to be a voice and represent the diaspora worldwide and those in Ghana.

Knowing of our greatness. But not knowing of our greatness. That may or not apply to some or many – The understanding of our history, our linage, and the long line of successful players and moments in history. Everything from the forming of the Ghana Football Association in 1957. The era of Kwame Nkrumah, Ohene Djan, and Charles Kumi Gyamfi. To Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko being two of some of Africa’s most prestigious clubs. And in to modern time, our success at World Youth level. Becoming the 1st African Country to win a medal in Football at the 1992 Summer Olympics. And in 2009, Ghana became the first African Country to win the U-20 FIFA World Cup by defeating favourites Brazil.

We’ve provided digestible bite size content. In either updates via Team Ghana EU Podcast which has been bi-weekly, or via our various outlets on social media which have also included featured topics in discussing a range of things

  • Thebest Ghanaians to feature Europe’s Top Leagues. Talent, Achievements, and Moments.
  • Our unhealthy obsession with Football outside of Ghana and Africa.
  • Where and why has the flair and gusto evaporated from our game?
  • Infrastructure, growth, and expanding our game – why players, high profile players choose to play in countries such as The US, Qatar, in the Far East, India, but not in Africa. Why have tournaments such as the U17 World Cup been awarded to countries such as India. Whereas a continent which adores football as Africa has yet to secure a high profile tournament at youth level, and only recently held one at senior level in the 2010 World Cup.
  • How closer is Africa to its 1st Balon D’or winner since in 1995?
  • Influences between country of birth and heritage

But there’s so much more to discuss to provide not only this generation a grounded footing on their past and present. But to prepare and excite them for what the future holds. Provide nostalgia and expand on great moments in our history. With stories such as: –

  • Arthur Whartonwas the world’s first black professional footballer.
  • The iconic game against Real Madrid in Accra.
  • Winning back to AFCON’s
  • Our era in the 1960’s. Including The Black Starts representing Ghana in football at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • To great individual stories such as Chris Briandt. The sad tale of a man who turned down greatness
  • And Mercy Tagoe. Having played a pivotal role in the historic Black Queens side that qualified for their first ever FIFA World Cup in 1999. She made history as the first Ghanaian female referee to officiate at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007. And then went on to making more history by becoming the first ever Ghanaian female Coach to win a trophy.

In working football in 2010 I began seeing a number of Ghanaians playing at professional football clubs at youth level. I began seeing a trend and process of what was changing right before me. Ghanaians, the diaspora in the UK and likely in Europe (which became true also) were accessing football like never before and were beginning to write history. When you’re young and writing history you’re unaware of its historic moment. Think of some of the games 10 years ago and historical value to you and your club. The 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup were historical moments. In achievement at that time and laying further foundations. We’re living in historic times now.

Before this generation in my experience, we had very little representation in UK. Or ones that I was aware of. But goal extraordinaire and goal machine Tony Yeboah and Brentford legend Lloyd Owusu were paving the way and creating a path for us to follow. As players, coaches, scouts, backroom, and senior staff.

As with compiled lists of former players and journalists who have named their top 20 Ghanaian players of all time and inspirations. This list compiled by David Duncan (as on 2020, the current Assistant Coach of the Ghana National Side): –

Kwao Baffoe.  Robert Mensah, Franklin Crentsil, Dan Oppong, Emmanuel Oblitey, Kwasi Appiah, Tim Darbah, Ben Acheampong (Simmons), Addo Odamettey, John Eshun, Ibrahim Sunday, Abedi Ayew (Pele), Baba Yara, Yaw Sam, Aggrey Fynn, Emmanuel Quarshie, C.K Gyamfi.  Asamoah Gyan, Abdul Razak, Stephen Appiah, Mohammed Salisu, and Christian Atsu.

This has been created not just to retrace old memories, but create new ones. To begin with, we’ll be producing articles once a month, which may increase in regularity alongside our bi-weekly podcast. As always, click, like, comment, share and subscribe.

Football’s coming home!

Akwaaba!

Written by Andrew Mensah-Twumasi @andrewmensahjr (IG/Twitter)

 

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