May 30, 2024

Former Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan has bemoaned over young talented football players who end up on the street and lose their careers due to lack of support and motivation.

Among other things, Asamoah Gyan said the Baby Jet U16 tournament has been launched to help this young once to achieve their dreams.

“We will try as much as possible to help this young once to achieve their dreams. There a lot of football players who wanted this support anywhere and they end up doing different thing, ending up on the street, we are trying to take people from the street, we are trying to educate them, is not necessary about football itself, we are working with football but we want to also educate them and make sure they get to where they want to get to in football” Asamoah Gyan promised.

He said it is sad that the attention on grassroots football has faded.

“I believe in grassroots football and the attention has been a bit low so we try to give this young once attention so that it can encourage them to do more and this is why we are here and hopefully we will make sure we make it” Asamoah Gyan said.

2023 Baby Jet U-16 African Football Tournament launched in Accra.

32 teams  from Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire will be involved in the 2023 edition of the Baby Jet U-16 African Football Tournament to be staged at the Cape Coast Stadium from June 6 to June 13, 2023, with the hope of producing the next big star to hit Europe.

In a well-patronised press conference to launch this year’s tournament, stakeholders trooped into the MultiChoice Ghana head office to set the ball rolling in the hunt for future football stars from Africa.

Ex-Black Stars internationals Stephen Appiah, John Paintsil, Laryea Kingston, Emmanuel Agyeman Badu, and Nii Odartey Lamptey were all in attendance while there was support from the PFA and Ghana Football Association through Anthony Baffoe and Bernard Lippert, who is the technical director of the GFA.