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Hearts boss Mark Noonan demands more investment in domestic football

The Managing Director of Accra Hearts of Oak, Mark Noonan, has expressed his sadness and frustration at the current stake of Ghana football and made a passionate appeal to Ghanaians to rescue the game, which he says is “on life support” and needs urgent attention and decisive action.The American, who took over the Hearts top job in February, says the current malaise facing the game goes beyond the recent expose on corruption which has halted organised football, as well as the activities of the Ghana Football Association and its officials. Instead, he traces the problems facing the sport to the overriding interest in foreign football which has denied the local game of the needed attention and investment.In a an article published on his Twitter page on Tuesday, captioned “Ghana Football First”, he questioned the general structure and business model of Ghanaian clubs, who rely heavily on proceeds from exporting their best talents to foreign clubs, many sold cheaply and in some cases offloaded to very poor environments, a practice that eventually denies clubs of star quality to attract spectators to matches.“Why is developing players for export the only semi-sustainable business model for local clubs?“Why is every…

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