The thousands of empty seats at the Accra Sports Stadium for the match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko on Sunday, March 5, 2023, are the ideal illustration of how bad Ghanaian football is right now.
Even the promise of a “free entrance” wasn’t enough to entice Ghanaians to attend a game with two significant stakes: three points and a massive trophy that would be given by none other than Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the nation’s president.
When both teams sold out the same stadium in a matter of hours just two years ago, the sport appeared to be picking up in Ghana. Nevertheless, the sight of those empty seats has reignited discussions about the country’s football.
The 2021–2022 season was expected to be built upon after Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ exposé temporarily put an end to Ghanaian football for a year, but it has turned out to be a completely different tale with the national sport continuing its downward trend.
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