- Trasacco Valley
- Airport Hills
- Airport Residential
- East Legon
- Buena Vista (Beach Rd Teshie)
- West Legon
- North Dzorwulu
- Tema (New Communities)
Am I missing any?
Ghana’s style of play has been famously called “Agoro” which literally means “having fun” or “playing”. What exactly is the “Agoro” style of play? Can we define it? Can we write books about it and teach 5-10 year olds? Isn’t it strange that we need a European coach to teach and manage “Agoro” on the senior national team level when he never played or studied “Agoro” in his life?
In America ,we hear about “Phenoms” like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Venus and Serena Williams, etc. It is no secret that NBA scouts were attending LeBron James’ games in middle school. I believe the only way you know a “Phenom” when you see one is that you have a structure in place. That way, you have a process and a “unit of measure” to compare against. Whereas a “Phenom” is naturally very talented you cannot guarantee their success without a process and a structure that teaches the games. It is often said there are a lot of basketball players as talented as Michael Jordan in the ghetto. The reason they didn’t play on Michael’s level is simple – they never submitted themselves to the structure that produced Michael. So the 5 foot 5 inch guy who masters the structure by playing college basketball organized by the NCAA is better able to contribute more to the game and is paid millions to play professionally whereas the ghetto version of Michael Jordan is still….well, in the ghetto.
Enough said! It’s time to reboot “Agoro” as we know it today. Not change the style, because God knows our style of playing soccer reflects our culture and DNA like nothing else. Just organize it better! Can you imagine how many Michael Essien’s we could produce if we had a structure to football in Ghana?
Here’s my suggestion:
There are larger economic and cultural benefits to having more structure to our sports that I hope to address in future blogs.
Long Live Agoro! Long live Ghana!
I’ve tried to the best of my ability to transcribe and summarize Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah’s (Joy FM) interview with David Ofosu-Dorte below. More and more I’m impression people like David (instead of the political talking heads) get a platform to speak to the people of Ghana and its leaders about building the foundations for sustainable development. He touched on a lot of basic but thoroughly thought through points that I have mentioned in my previous blog posts.
7 serious issues that need to be addressed in Ghana:
1. Failure to see that a united country is a very important factor in our development
2. Failure to address the “Ghanaian Attitude”
3. Need for systematic changes (entrenched practices that need to change)
4. Failure to take bold steps to develop infrastructure
5. Issues that have an indirect impact on the economy
6. Failure to properly empower the people
7. Failure to integrate our thinking and policies so that one thing does not have a negative impact on others.
David: When should we expect the book on this topic? Seriously!