Former Black Starlets captain Sebastian Barnes urges GFA to renew their policies

The current coach of the U17 side of Bayer Leverkusen is calling on the football governing body in Ghana to institute a retirement system for national players
Former Black Starlets captain Sebastian Barnes has urged the Ghana Football Association to re-strategise by renewing their policies in an effort to help players of the national teams to make earns meet when they retire.

He said it is very appalling the way some of them are living poorly when they hang their boots.

“It is about time that the GFA adopts the German system by forming a vibrant union of national team players, so that after the players retire, the Ghana Football Association will finance them to go to coaching courses, team managers’ courses and others for them to come back and help the national teams and also earn a living,” he told Ghana.

According to Barnes, who holds a UEFA license B coaching certificate and currently coaches the Under-17 side of Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen, the system has helped German football to grow with the likes of Joachim Low, Jurgen Klinsman, Rudi Voeller, Mathias Sammer, Lothar Matheaus and the rest who are all coaches now.

The 1993 Starlets captain, who was also an integral part of the 1991 squad which won the U17 World Cup in Italy, further reiterated that he hopes to coach any of the national teams in Ghana in the near future.