Open letter to Mr. Rhyzo, RFA Chairman- Northern Region
Dear Mr. Rhyzo,
I greet you wherever you are. My name is Mohammed, known as Rossoneri in football circles. First, I would like to congratulate you on your emphatic victory in last Friday’s Regional Football Association, RFA chairmanship election. Fact now is, you’re the most powerful man in football in the Northern Region. Accept my cola as you sit on a skin that has been vacant following the hurricane that was Anas Aremeyaw’s Number 12.
No one who has followed the beautiful game in the region for some time now, will fail to acknowledge your contribution to the development of football in this part of the country. Least of all, you’ve been extremely benevolent in sponsoring players, clubs and tournaments in various forms. Hitherto, you were a constant voice on the airwaves in football education cum analysis alongside Mohammed Baako Alhassan(Summertime Killer), Alhassan Issahaku Dagbanbi Naa) and a duo of blessed memory – Alidu Yakubu Mahama Zambanga and Emmanuel Dogbodji. I used to be a patron of these shows and learned a lot from them. Also, your reign as chairman of Supporters Union of Accra Hearts of Oak has undoubtedly raised the status of the club up north.
Enough of the pleasantries, now to business. On Friday 18th October, football delegates thrust a weight(I’ve no idea how many kilograms) on your head. No weight worth a carry is child’s play. Yours is as historic as it is daunting owing to the circumstances that necessitated your election. Ghana football had at last, grounded to an abysmal halt after an ailing few years, courtesy an investigative piece. Now, as RFA chief, you’re deemed the best man to sanitize the mess in your corner before your detergent’s strength diffuses to other parts.
To do this sir, you marketed yourself pre-election, with a manifesto. I’ve had a look at it and I must say that if the exam were theory alone, you would’ve scored perfect marks. Unfortunately, or rather thankfully, it’s not. The practical session has the majority marks. From the off, you must instill truth and discipline in your rule. Everyone who works with you must adhere to these two. Trust me, that is the ultimate litmus test for your success or otherwise. You must stand your grounds and tell defaulting team members to their faces, more so those who may have sponsored your campaign in anyway, that they’re acting contrary to the rule book. People with selfish interest must not be given leeway, lest you hit the last nail on your coffin.
Now to your manifesto, and I just want to highlight a few policies. You state you would ensure a structured revival of juvenile and grassroots football. For me, this is the way to go. A triumph in this would have a cascading effect through to the top. The fever and passion that characterized Colts Football has long left us, leaving the hen that lays the golden eggs for dead. To revive this, a standard protocol must be followed, which is tailored to modern trends. This is where another policy comes in handy – organizing coaching clinics. Handlers of these youngsters need to be abreast with the rudiments of coaching at that level. Training tasks must be age appropriate and sewn to a development roadmap. An uninformed amateur coach is a malignant cancer whose harm is unimaginable.
Infrastructure and logistics: Sir, the first step to bridging the gap between our setting and that of the developed metropolis is to create a suitable environment for the game to thrive. Here again, another policy initiative applies – corporate sponsorship. By far, one bedevilling drawback in our game is funding. Your administration should clothe the beautiful game with an eye-catching brand to attract sponsorship. Amongst others, construction of pitches would not be farfetched. The existing pitches have largely been poorly maintained and this doesn’t augur well for any resolve to undo the stereotype. Aggressive pursuit of sponsorship is a prerequisite for the drive of your agenda.
Women’s football needs a mention. You agree with me that the women’s game has been such a hit in Tamale and beyond. You state in your document that you want to restructure and energize division 2 and women’s football. True, division 2 has not been on the radar for long and needs to be revitalized. In Pearlpia Ladies and Northern Ladies, the region has two premiership sides, which number needs to be increased. I have been impressed with the progress of women’s football here. The girls have talent and can make it when given the platform. I have followed the exploits of Bagabaga Ladies, Tamale Super Ladies, Dahinsheli Ladies, Yoo Ladies, Savannah Ladies, etc. Investing in the girls’ game is worth it.
Chairman, to wrap, I salute you for what I think will be a novelty in the north – an annual awards gala and hall of fame. This is a masterstroke! I hope it stretches down to the grassroots to make it all inclusive. At last, I wish you all the best, sir. Be in charge!
Yours in the beautiful game