Ghana FA official wary of league foreigners

The technical director of Ghana Football Association Francis Oti Akenteng fears that the influx of foreigners into the Ghana Premier League could have repercussions on the national teams, but admits the step could improve the standard of the topflight.

Akenteng’s comments come in the wake of Ashanti Gold manager Bashir Hayford’s assertions that he was looking to sign more foreign players to make his team a ‘truly professional club in Ghana’.

“I agree with coach Bashir Hayford to some extent when he claims that the foreign quota of player in the league should be increased but that can’t be the yardstick to justify our league’s failure,” Akenten told SportsCrusader.

“The English Premier League is the most attractive league in the world but I can’t say same about their national team’s performance.

‘That is the reason why I differ slightly with Bashir Hayford.

‘I will suggest to the Premier League Board that the number rather be increased to five or six to help develop our game.”

Ashanti Gold boasted of three foreign players including Burkinabe defender Henri Traore, Didier Kore of Cote d’Ivoire and Namibian striker Petrus Shitembe in their run to the topflight title last season.

Per the GFA stipulations, a team can register up to four foreign players but only three are eligible to feature in a competitive game at a given time.

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