Kudos to the PLB!
Kojo Addae Mensah
Posted on: Thu Jun 21, 2012
I think Ghanaians complain too much. We love to complain, criticize and talk especially my colleagues in the journalism industry. The print media are guilty but worst of all is radio. Aaaba! I keep saying that sports is usually a microcosm of the country.
Since the PLB awards last week I have been monitoring the airwaves and I have heard only a few people doff their hat to the PLB and then advice them on finding ways of improving the awards and keep it going. No as for Ghana nothing is good. Everything we do should be perfect? Sometimes I wish I had insights into the day to day activities at some of these radio stations to figure out if these presenters and panelists never ever make any errors and are perfect in their jobs or whatever it is they do.
I could not believe the bevy of criticisms that have been hurled at the PLB and even in some cases at the person of Abra Appiah and Kwasi Nyantakyi. To the extent that some even went to the absurd extent that the attire Kwasi wore should have been black in recognition of the departure of Jordan Anagblah. I think that was very absurd.
Again in Ghana we love the dead even more than the living but that is probably our culture but I wonder why observing a minutes silence in his honour is not enough. Everybody should have been in black arm bands? Wore black? By the way the interesting point is a contradiction I heard. In one breath I heard that the awards are for the PLB and not the FA so it was in the purview of Abra Appiah and his team then in another breath it was the FA hence Jordan. It is all just a way of criticizing for criticizing sake.
The organization can always be better and I think the PLB should take the pieces of advice very seriously and improve upon the awards next season. These awards can develop into a big thing that will go a long way in improving the standard of the league as the players will be looking forward to it. I have watched the Oscars for a long time and every year they try to improve so indeed the PLB can improve but we should commend them for even being able to do these awards a few weeks after the final round of matches.
Gone are the days when the next season will start and go some way even before award ceremonies are done. Indeed SWAG only had their awards for 2011 just a few weeks ago and after six months into the year; you even tend to forget what the award winners did to deserve their awards. I would like to encourage Abra Appiah and his team to start thinking of next season’s awards now and prepare and ensure that they deliver an outstanding awards ceremony in probably a more spacious venue. I also have no qualms about the venue being in Kumasi. I heard a criticism of the awards going to Kumasi. I was scratching my head and asking if Kumasi is not part of Ghana.
On the award winners themselves, there was another avalanche of criticisms. I was personally disappointed in some of my favorites not winning but no matter who wins, somebody will not be happy so whichever way the awards go, someone will have the tendency to criticize but why don’t we give the judges the benefit of the doubt. I don’t think anybody had issues with the nominees so if someone is a nominee and wins what is the issue?
Being nominated means the person did a good job during the season and has a chance of winning. Apart from the Goal King which is straight forward, none of the awards are that straight forward. Personally I was disappointed that Soulama did not pick the Best Goalkeeper and Abdul Baba Rahman did not pick the Most Promising Player award but I will not come out to say because of that the awards were poor as I heard some panelists on radio talk about.
In his speech Nana Mamponghene made a solid point about how swift we deal with disciplinary cases and how long it even takes us to deal with infractions and I think he made a solid point. I stand corrected and I have not called anybody to check how things are done at the FA but I think the FA and the PLB can use technology to enhance the way they carry out their business to fast track some of these issues.
I wonder if the FA has video conferencing facilities for instance to ensure that members can sit at the shortest possible notice irrespective of their location to ensure that we don’t have to wait for two weeks where we will send a physical letter to the various committee members who will receive, respond and probably try and find the time to make it. At that sitting there may be the need for some small extra evidence and then that also takes another two weeks and on and on and on.
Easily a simple case that could have been dealt with in a week at the most take three months just because of the kind of technology being used in communicating. I strongly believe that if the FA uses stuff like scanning, e-mail, whatsapp, weber, you name it. The communication lines will be fluid and justice can be meted out quite swiftly. Not only justice but even the mere efficiency of the operations of the FA.
I doff my hat to the PLB for organizing the awards so timely and encourage them to take the pieces of advice to improve it year after year. Kotoko, no size, I remain your true red fabulous aficionado. Kotoko Beku Me.
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