Nov 10 2009
Ghanaian players feel the need to play for countries abroad for a high salary in order to provide for their families and achieve a standard of living above the extreme poverty line. However, this leads to a downward spiral of national development opportunities through football. If Ghana is robbed of its best players, how will they be able to achieve success as a national team? While the international powerhouse teams reap the benefits of acquiring highly talented players from a small third world country for salaries and benefits considered minimal by the powerhouse’s standards, the domestic team is suffering. Paul Darby referred to this phenomenon as “deskilling” of the domestic game. What will the lasting repercussions of the deskilling of the game in Ghana and other third world countries trying to emerge as a national power (or at least made a local impression)?