Ransford Osei, a former Ghanaian striker who had a promising career representing his country, has recently made a bold statement, expressing his determination to prevent his son from playing for Ghana’s national teams. Osei claims that he witnessed a corrupt system that hindered his own progress and believes it is his duty as a father to shield his child from similar experiences.
Osei, who gained prominence during the 2007 U-17 World Cup where Ghana finished third, expressed his frustration with the lack of support and opportunities provided to Ghanaian players compared to their European counterparts. He criticized the disparity in assistance offered to players in European nations, who receive ample resources and guidance to enhance their skills, while Ghanaian athletes are left to fend for themselves.
The former U-17 star, without disclosing specific details, attributed his exclusion from the senior national team, the Black Stars, to the actions of an individual. Osei lamented that in Ghana, talent alone is insufficient to achieve success, as players are often required to navigate a system that he believes stifles creativity and demands bribes for progress.
Reflecting on his own experiences and comparing them to the opportunities given to European talents he encountered, such as Bojan Kirkic of Barcelona and Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich, Osei expressed his disillusionment. He emphasized that African players often face significant challenges and obstacles, which hinder their growth and prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Taking a firm stance, Osei declared that if his son were to pursue a career in football, he would become his agent, but he would never permit him to represent any Ghanaian national team. Osei’s decision reflects his genuine concern for his child’s well-being and his resolve to shield him from what he perceives as a flawed system.
Ransford Osei’s achievements in the U-17 and U-20 African Youth Championships speak volumes about his talent and potential. However, his frustration and disillusionment with the alleged corruption and lack of support within Ghanaian football have driven him to make this resolute decision regarding his son’s future in the sport.
As the football world evolves, it is crucial to address issues of corruption and inequality in order to foster an environment that encourages talent and allows players to flourish. The passionate stance taken by Ransford Osei highlights the urgent need for reform within Ghanaian football and serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by aspiring players in many parts of the world.