I was a footballer before acting – Lydia Forson

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Renowned Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has weighed in on the current controversies enveloping the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and their uninspired performance of the national team, the Black Stars.

Forson, known for her outspoken views, asserts that the challenges plaguing Ghana’s football scene are not isolated incidents but reflect a persistent issue.

In her commentary, Forson draws parallels between the longstanding economic challenges in the country and the issues surrounding football.

According to her, just as economic problems have endured, football-related concerns have been prevalent for years.

Delving into her own experience, Forson recounted a past stint as a professional football player, revealing that the promised bonuses by the GFA were never delivered.

She expressed her disappointment, asserting, “The sad thing about our football is that like everything in this country, the problems didn’t start today. I remember playing pro football once ( long long story don’t ask,those who know know) and never getting the bonuses they promised. The way e pain me till date.”

Forson’s remarks shed light on the deep-rooted issues within Ghanaian football, emphasising that the challenges faced by the current national team are not new but part of a historical pattern.

As debates over the GFA’s role and the performance of the Black Stars continue, Forson’s perspective adds a nuanced dimension to the ongoing discourse surrounding Ghanaian football.

Hundreds of Ghanaian football fans  embarked on a demonstration to express their displeasure over the decline in the achievements of the national teams.

The protestors, who started their march at the Obra Spot, seeked reforms towards reviving the game, which is the passion of the nation.

A group of sports journalists are the organisers.

The “Save Ghana Football Demo”, as it is dubbed, was triggered by the poor performance of the senior national team, the Black Stars, at the just-ended 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Some of the protestors carried placards with inscriptions: “Decline in our juvenile football- Sika Di Basabasa,” “Lack of Vision,” Our Domestic League has collapsed”, among others

There is heavy security accompanying demonstrators as they  walk through the principal streets of Accra to present a proposal of football reforms to the Sports Authorities.

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