Joseph Langabell, in
heated exchanges with the national Nasara coordinator Abdul Aziz Haruna Futa, has claimed that the Hearts of Oak chapter O leader, was one of the architects of politicizing support for the Black Stars.
Langabell came face-to-face with his friend on the Black Stars Classics – World Cup edition currently being televised by Max TV and hosted by Yaw Ampofo Ankrah.
“Aziz is my best friend, we have known each other for a very long time but today let me tell you something. One of the reasons why we’ve had a lot of problems with the Black Stars in recent years is because of the politics and Aziz is one of the reasons this started some years ago”.
The outburst by Langabell caught Aziz by surprise but his protests were ignored as Langabell continued.
“He and some of his Hearts of Oak allies, got together to involve politicians because they were supported by some big men in the NPP.”
Langabell’s claims continued to be vehemently refuted by Aziz who counted by saying it was rather the politicians who gave him and others the platform to mobilize solid support for the Black Stars for international assignments and tournaments.
“What Langabell is saying is not true. We were rather asked to help because we have the numbers and the experience when it comes to supporting at the club level and this was seen as a big advantage that is why we were asked to mobilize support for the Black Stars as well. And Yaw, I can tell you confidently that it was former Youth & Sports Minister under President Kuffour, Hon Rashid Bawa who opened the gates for us to help our country by bringing supporters together.”
The claims and rebuttals by the two staunch football supporters, further adds fuel to suggestions that politicization of the national teams has led to more woes and controversies than successes and is one area that must be critically looked at if the Black Stars are to win back the love, passion and support of all Ghanaians without partisan sentiments.
On the programme which lasted over 90 minutes, both Aziz and Langabell made amazing revelations including how they plotted and schemed against each other at club level.
Both alleged that they had to undertake some assignments to ensure victory for the national teams including the Black Satellites World Cup triumph in Egypt in (2009) as well as other Black Stars qualification matches across the continent.
Aziz is currently a coordinator for the Nasara of the NPP, a post he was awarded with following his instrumental campaign efforts for President Akufo Addo leading up to the 2016 elections.
Langabell on the other hand, has more been more regular on radio and TV in recent times as a pundit with programmes aimed at educating fans on various aspects of football especially the Black Stars.
Source: Dennis Mensah