10th May, 2011
Ogun State Commissioner for Sports, Bukola Olopade, has blasted Ghana coach for underrating the WAFU Cup as a tournament which wonâ€™t bring the best out of the participating players.
The coach, David Duncan, has said that by allowing players to play on astro turf, organisers of the tournament are indirectly killing African football.
He said Africa should wake up from its slumber and discourage astro turf, saying that the beauty of the game can be realised if young players play on natural grasses.
In his reaction, Olopade told P.M. Sports that Ghanaâ€™s coach has lost touch with modern football, adding that FIFA will not be happy with his, just as he noted that it is not only African countries that use artificial turf.
â€œThe Ghana coach is not current at all. Some years back, FIFA said astro turf will help African football to grow because there will be free flow of football. I am surprised that Coach Duncan can cast aspersions on FIFA and its policy,â€ he said.
Olopade, who was angry with the coachâ€™s comment, said Korea used astro turf when it hosted the U-17 FIFA World Cup four years ago, while Nigeria used it during the U-17 World Cup in 2009, adding that there is nothing wrong in playing on astro turfs as no country complained about the pitch during the two tournaments.