FIFA referee and PLB referee of the year, William Agbovi, has disclosed that age cheating in soccer shall always be an issue bedevilling Ghana football, so long as trophies, instead of system development, form the benchmark by which successful leaders are measured.
Agbovi challenged the Ghanaian football fraternity to desist from the acts of compelling officialdom to prove their competencies by getting results rather than instituting lasting measures which will ensure sustained success in the future.
“Age cheating has been an exsting thing in football since time immemorial and I think we shall continue to face that challenge, so long as we continue to judge the performance of our leaders based on the trophies they win and not the structures they put in place to develop the game.”
“For instance, if you are the FA President or the Chairman of a Management Committee, people judge you based on results. So if we go to a tournament, we aim at winning it rather than looking for its long term benefits. As a result, the proper ages are not scrutinized for the age competitions”, he added.
Referee Agbovi was reacting to the FA’s withdrawal from contesting CAF’s decision to disqualify Ghana’s U-17 side from the upcoming African U-17 Championship, based on age cheating, at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.