Coach J. E. Sarpong, one of the veteran coaches in the Ghana Premier League (GPL) has explained why he chewed “aburo ne nkatie” with his players when he was the coach of Accra Great Olympics.
According to the coach, his action was to empathize with the players following delays in the payment of salaries and other financial benefits.
“If Players are not paid well and on time, they are easily provoked and normally display bad behavior out of frustration and bitterness.
“I chewed aburo ne nkateɛ with the likes of Prince Tagoe, Acquaye MacLean, Kwabena Asiedu, Emmanuel Sackey at Great Olympics before training sessions.
“I did that to commiserate with the players because they were not being paid. At times coaches are afraid to engage in management about unpaid salaries.
“Some coaches are self-centered and don’t fight for the interests of their players. They take their monies and don’t care about players. If the players find out, they are likely to sabotage you,” Coach Sarpong noted.
Known as one of the disciplinarians in the country, Coach Sarpong also revealed why he sacked former Hearts legend Emmanuel Armah Senegal from camp.
“I have handled big stars. I sacked Armah Senegal from Hearts of Oak training grounds because of bad behavior. After we won our next match without him, he later came to apologize and begged to return to the team.
Coach Sarpong is on record to have coached all the big clubs in Ghana including Hearts and Kotoko.