The agent of Black Stars coach Avram Grant has angered football officials for his derogatory comments about Ghana's top flight.
In defending his client’s long holidays abroad, Rubie Saif told the BBC that the local leagues' players totally fall short of Grant's requirements for a national team call up.
This, he hinted, justifies the Israeli's endless journeys around the world in search of top class talent.
But some football officials have taken a contrary view and taken a swipe at the agent. One of them is Premier League Board boss Welbeck Abrah-Appiah.
“It is only a poor, unproductive and lazy teacher who goes about complaining about,” he told Joy Sports.
“Has [Rubie] come up with one single idea [or] advice to the GFA [on] how we can improve on our structure which he now calls poor? It is rather unfortunate his man Avram Grant does not even stay in the country to watch our matches to know whether it is poor or not. How did [the agent] come by that statement?”
Another salvo came from former Kotoko coach Isaac 'Opeele' Boateng, an avowed critic of Grant's methods and style.
“Avram Grant's agent should shut up. We have quality in the league, so how do you come and tell us we don’t have quality in the league?” the outspoken coach told Asempa FM.
“All the Ghanaian players in Europe he is scouting played in the local league before they went out there. Avram Grant is a lazy coach and his agent should shut up because if he keeps supporting Avram then he should also be known as a lazy man."
Also scandalized is the head of the Black Stars management committee, George Afriyie, who questions Rubie's basis for putting the Ghana Premier league in disrepute on such a platform as the BBC.
“I totally disagree with him on this one, how can he say there are no quality players in the Ghana league?”
Grant has named a 24 man team to face Rwanda in an AFcon 2017 qualifier early in September.
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