By John Kwesi Arthur
Football Writer, kick442.com-Ghana
Veteran Ghanaian Coach J. E. Sarpong has revealed that most footballers based in Ghana smoke Marijuana [weed as it is commonly called] ahead of league matches, kick442.com can report.
According to the former Ebusua Dwarfs Coach, most of these players take the forbidden herb to enhance performance in games.
In an interview on Accra based Angel FM, Coach Sarpong said he is aware most of both Ghana Premier League and division one league players smoke Marijuana but has opted to keep silent in the past because of his relationship with the players.
“I can say that 60% of the Ghanaian players both in the Premier and the Division One Leagues smoke Marijuana.”
“I have coached most of them, but of course we have something called coach-player relationship.”
“There was a match between Accra Great Olympics and Hearts of Oak. One player came to me and said I should buy him ‘weed’ and we will win the match. I later noticed that he was not the only person, he was sent by his colleagues. I told him, I can’t buy for him, so I gave him the money and in that game he was the man of the match. He gave the assist in for our winning goal.”
Coach J. E Sarpong has coached most of the topflight clubs in Ghana including Kotoko, Hearts of Oak, Accra Great Olympics, Ebusua Dwarfs, Aduana Stars and amongst others.
His revelation reignites the call for better medical control for footballers in Ghana if not in Africa.
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