Joseph Yammin, deputy Minister of Sports

Politicising the soccer pitch as far as international tournaments are concerned, according to Joseph Yamin, the Deputy Sports Minister, is not an absurdity.

What else should we expect from such a personality for whom the long-term interest and cohesion of the country is a non-issue?

International soccer tournaments, one of the few events which bring the nation together, is on the verge of being polarised dangerously as this man tries laboriously to politicise sports unashamedly using the exalted office he occupies.

If the folly is not thwarted in its tracks by well-meaning Ghanaians, the benefits of togetherness and unity of purpose, which such periodic international sporting fiestas spawn, will elude us and the country will be the principal loser.

Just when Ghanaians were relishing the moment of victory and briefly forgetting the travails of being Ghanaians as the Pharaohs failed to dim the Black Stars? Brazilian dream, what could pass for an NDC rally ground was enacted and beamed from Cairo: foot soldiers wearing John Mahama embossed t-shirts as if they were part of a rebranding campaign gang for the President!

A rebranding exercise would not be bad anyway, when the Presidency is struggling to douse the flames of corruption but not in sports.

Airlifting foot-soldiers to go and cheer the Stars in Cairo is not what is miffing, but the distasteful and divisive t-shirts they were supplied and directed to don for the cameras.

Embossing the Kakum National Park or the Mole Game Reserve on the t-shirts would have been more beneficial to most incensed Ghanaians who found the footage distasteful.

By this development, Ghanaians were compelled to contend with two issues?discussing the victory and the way forward towards Brazil and sadly the sour taste the John Mahama t-shirts spectacle left on their palates.

Unfortunately, attempts at making the brain behind the silly political prank, Joseph Yamin, who was on air defending the indefensible gaffe, appreciate the imbecility in the divisive project, proved futile.

It was not surprising though that he posed questions such as: what does it matter showcasing the President at such a match in Cairo?

Allowing irresponsible politicians to stand in the way of efforts to reduce the polarisation which has contaminated our values would not be in our interest.

We are dismayed at how a deputy minister with the connivance of his superiors in government would allow such a prank to be implemented at such an international soccer tournament.

Even populist Russian national soccer team, if there is one in place today, would not be directed to wear Putin-embossed t-shirts at such an international sporting event.

The overdrive of public anger, locally and internationally, soon after the offensive picture was beamed, is enough evidence of the queerness of the spectacle.

It was the same deputy minister who regarded the world cup appearance of the Black Stars on the basis of NPP and NDC.

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