Spokesperson for the National Juvenile committee Mr Eugene Jacquaye is optimistic the Ghana Football Association is capable of turning thw fortunes of Ghana Football around througg the recent innovative programs put in place by the committee.
Mr Jacquaye who is credited with the McDan Juvenile Football tournament that brought together over 100 Colt clubs to exhibit rheir talent, believes the NJC is in the right path towards revamping the fallen standards of the game.
“We are introducing the U17 interclub championship, the National U17 championship and the Juvenile FA cup to allow all players from the Youth clubs to participate, the committee is also introducing game centres to congregate all the clubs and to allow for proper media coverage of the matches to promote the interest of grassroots Football” he told Maxfm in an exclusive interview.
The avid Football administrator stressed that his committee identified two critical areas that needed attention to enhance the development of the games at the hinterlands, insisting financial constraints and lack of promotion, and have resolved to work in securing enough funds to support their activities
“At The National Juvenile committee, we concluded to make promotion and Financing our major focus, that is why the Ghana FA allocated some monies from the FIFA COVID-19 relief funds to the activities of the Juvenile Football”.
The National Juvenile committee is set up to regulate youth Football policies, and to raise the standards of play at the development level.
The Klagon FC chief said the problems identified with grassroots Football were enormous, but the NJC is working to mitigate them all
“The Main problems the National Juvenile committee identified when we took office is that grassroots Football lacked logistics at the regional Association level, other issues included Player licenses, most of the clubs are unable to properly have their player licenses on time, which affects the start of the league, issues of Over age, promotion of the regional Juvenile activities, and lack of Competitions have all been challenging”.
To mitigate these challenges, the NJC proposed to the FA to take cost of player registrations for all clubs to relieve them of the burden of going through the challenges of the system.
“The GFA has taken the cost of all the registration cost for all Juvenile clubs, this is to alleviate the difficulties the clubs go through in legally securing their players registration documents”.
The Ghana FA allocated over 100,000 US dollars to grassroots Football development in the FIFA COVID-19 relief funds, and expects to have a robust Youth program to promote talents