I know times are hard for him but let me take this opportunity to commend, Dr.Papa Kwesi Nduom . His individual contribution to Ghana football in the last decade is UNPARALLELED.
Has received some stick but the positive things he has done doesn’t deserve to go unnoticed.
1. He took over and with heavy investment, transformed his hometown club from a lower tier side into a formidable Ghana Premier League side.
2. Built an international stadium from the scratch, worth about $10m. Fitted with Floodlights, VIP lounge, conference, gym, restaurant etc
In fact he is the only individual to have singularly built a stadium of international standard that can host matches in the night and even rented out to Ghana to host the 2018 WAFU Championship. The stadium is expected to be expanded to a 20,000 seater.
3. He owns Elmina Sharks FC with over 35 players and 15 staff. Has two Youth sides with a combined players of over 100.
Owns a Womens Premier League side, Sea Lions FC with over 30 players and staff.
Has a Woman’s Reserve side.
Has a football Secretariat costing over $200k.
Built a four story Club House that hosts the Youth team and technical staff.
Has built another 5 story club house that camps the Senior team, female team and staff.
Has two buses, three vans, two pickups and a 4×4 for the head coach, all for the effective running of the teams.
Despite his recent troubles, all the players continue to receive salaries and other allowances during them.
Important to note that since he started investing, he’s not really made any substantial player sale to even lessen the financial load.
I do not have inside knowledge of any of his business. But if his decision to do this is for the interest of his hometown people and the game of football, he deserves thumbs up.
It is often easier to criticise but I believe that, presently, there is NO single individual who has made such massive investment in football and Nduom deserves it. For the social and economic impact he has had on footballers, staff and good people of Elmina, I say Ayekooo.