US-based Ghanaian singer and minister of the gospel, Sonnie Badu has asked the Ghana Football Association to treat Ghanaian players well and stop playing to the gallery when they are no more.
He made this comment on the back of Christian Atsu’s death, recounting with sadness how the player who he observed was once referred to as Ghana’s version of Lionel Messi was axed from the Black Stars despite his previous exploits with the team.
He said when Atsu was dropped from the Black Stars, it inadvertently had an effect on his psyche and to prove himself, he went to lower-tier teams in Europe. He also used Jerry Akaminko as a case study on how the FA ‘use and dump’ players in a hurry.
The renowned gospel musician who is noted for his monster hit, ‘Baba’ said the FA should not wait for the players to die before ‘doing show.’
Here’s what he posted;
Dear GFA @chris_atsu has been finally laid to rest. However, let me say this .. Let this be a reform of mindset and a change of attitude…. I know our @ghana_fa_official chairman will do things differently
I heard in recent interviews people saying that he was the Messi of Ghana… Well you guys retired him quick – whiles Messi is still playing the World Cup… Messi is 35 and Astu was 31 …
Let us learn how to make players feel important while they are alive. We should not wait for something to happen to them before we take over their funeral expenses and all of that.
We know that, most of the players get injured during international duties And it is to no suprise, that they end up losing their position, in their club teams and also national teams…. That’s why players like @thomaspartey5 would rather put their in club rather than national teams…
@jakaminko was at his peak when he got injured playing for Ghana and everyone suddenly forgot about him… He ended up playing for a low division Turkish team – that he had fighting for his Monies owed ..
Those low division teams in Turkey are called playing to survive and keep fit .. the clubs knows it and so they fraustrate players
I heard the tribute read from the club , he told the coach he either plays or goes to see his family.. if one could only turn back time .. it shows how commited he was to his career …champ you died a hero and you scored you last goal … it cannot be forgotten by the club…… rest well .. your send off was beautiful