Govt must send Supporters to AFCON 2015- Aziz

President of the Nationwide Supporters Union (NSU), Aziz Haruna Futah, says government should support the various supporters union to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
He said the supporters play an integral role in the success of the national teams and therefore their absence in Equatorial Guinea will cost the senior national football team, the Black Stars.
Speaking in an interview with Sportscrusader.com, the outspoken ‘Phobian’ disagreed with the suggestion that the groups should seek for sponsorship from corporate bodies.
He explained that getting sponsorship in the country has always been a herculean task therefore it is will be very difficult for them to get support from corporate Ghana.
“Even clubs are finding it difficult getting sponsorship, Accra Hearts of Oak which is a big club in Ghana has no sponsor therefore government must assist us,” he said.
Aziz recommended that just as was done for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, government should once again invite corporate Ghana to assist them in sending supporters to the AFCON.
He added that what happened in Brazil was not the fault of the supporters and until the report from the Dzamefe Commission is read, Ghanaians cannot apportion blames.
He also noted that government can again make room for the facilitation of their visas and the supporters groups can pay their own visa fees while accommodation and transport is sorted out by government.
He again mentioned that sending supporters to tournaments does not mean getting them a better life because supporters do not mind sleeping in classrooms but all they need is to get to the stands and give the national team the needed morale and support.
“There is a difference between a fan and supporter, fans are those who always look for luxurious places to sleep during tournaments and also insult the team when they are down but a true supporter is always on his or her feet cheering the team to the end and will not care about where to sleep because their mission is to support the team to the end,” Aziz noted.
He said although the supporters formed an integral part of the team, they cannot solicit for funds through the Ghana Football Association (GFA) because they (GFA) also have their own challenges.
He called on all corporate bodies to come to the aid of the supporters union.