The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif has expressed concern over what he described as an unpatriotic attitude among some players, emphasizing the need for them to prioritize patriotism and nationalism when representing the country.

Highlighting the significant support provided by the state to the national teams, including the purchase of tickets, extended training camps, per diems, and meals, Hon. Ussif expressed disappointment that some players seemed to prioritize monetary bonuses above national pride.

“The National Teams will continue to receive support from the state, and it is our duty to ensure that all resources are fully accounted for, satisfying the expectations of the Ghanaian people. It is also the responsibility of the players and technical team to exhibit the spirit of nationalism and patriotism whenever they get the chance to represent the country,” the Minister said at the 29th Ordinary Session of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Congress, held at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology today. 

While acknowledging the importance of financial incentives, the Minister emphasized that players should not lose sight of the greater purpose of representing Ghana on the international stage. 

He called on them to recognize the sacrifices made by the government and the immense support provided, urging them to demonstrate genuine love for their country and a commitment to its success in football.