HEAD scout of ‘Right to Dream Academy’, Joe Mulberry has said that the nation has not treated grass-root soccer club managers and coaches fairly, despite their role in identifying and grooming raw talents.

According to him, most football players who have made Ghana proud over the years in the top leagues of the world were all identified and groomed by ‘grass-root’ coaches and yet no support is given them to ease their burden.

“Most of the managers and coaches handling these under 12 and 14 teams say they do so for the love of the game and also in response to an inner desire to assist talented footballers from deprived areas.

These managers use their personal funds to support these children, only for bigger teams to lure them to their side, ignoring the sweat of these managers and coaches,” he said, describing local managers as the unsung heroes of Ghana Soccer.

The head scout made these observations in an exclusive interview with DAILY GUIDE SPORTS at Bolgatanga, during a nationwide tour to select talented under 12 and 14 players from the 10 regions of Ghana, into the Right to Dream Academy.

According to him, the days when young footballers got into the limelight from nowhere is past, saying due to the high level of competition and technicalities involved in modern day soccer, funding for activities from the identification, grooming and marketing stages is very paramount.

The Right to Dream Academy, located at old Akrade, near Akosombo in the Eastern region, is a non profit making organisation which offers deprived children the opportunity to have quality basic education inside the Academy’s facility and then college and university education in the United States of America or the United Kingdom.

The Academy selects the children through a nationwide soccer tournament, for which reason most of the children at the Academy play soccer alongside academic work even to the university or college levels.

Since 1999, the Right to Dream Academy has had 6 generations of children between the ages of 14 and 20, who are being prepared to play professional soccer alongside quality academic work.
From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga