By Ishmeal Martey
For decades, football has been the passion of the nation, the fuel that drives unity amongst us, as a country. Resources and funds have all been channeled to one office- the Ghana Football Association, to the detriment of all other sporting disciplines in the country. They have cried, they have yelled but no one seems to have heard their woes.
Then came the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil, and yet again the darling son of mother Ghana was in the limelight, only that this time around mother Ghana’s heart was not just broken but she was humiliated as well.
In the mockery and shame that saddled the nation, alas there was an opportunity for the abandoned sporting disciplines to turn heads their way even better was that it was in a matter of weeks. The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games –Glasgow 2014, offered the lea-way to restore that battered reputation of the nation.
Since the turn of the Millennium, Ghana has picked up just 8 medals at the games and hasn’t won more than 5 medals at a single outing, since recording her greatest ever medal haul (9) in 1974 .
Pundits do not see the trend changing in Glasgow but the nine associations representing the nation will have to prove them wrong if they are to get the attention and funding they have been craving for over the years.
The appointment of a new sports minister plus the state of sports in the country makes it even more a glorious opportunity for the sporting disciplined tagged as “the lesser known sports” in the country to change the status quo.