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Former Ghana striker Dan Owusu has expressed disappointment with the treatment meted out to former Black Stars players, saying he regrets playing for the senior national team.
Owusu was adored by Ghanaians during his playing days as he was one of the finest talents in the Ghana Premier League in the 1970s. He won three top scorer awards.
And together with the late Kwasi Owusu formed a formidable striking partnership for the Black Stars.
But according to him, since his retirement, he hasn’t been treated well by the Ghana Football Association and government. The former Bofoakwa, Asante Kotoko and BA United forward said that other former players are suffering the same fate.
“The old players of our national team have been rejected by the Football Association. We were invited to join the black stars but haven’t been given the best of treatment,” Owusu said, as quoted by Rainbow Radio.
“William Klutse, the technical director of Inter Allies, was invited to travel with the national team but was treated like a common supporter. They did nothing to show that he is a legend.”
He, therefore, called for a concerted effort to cater for retired footballers who have contributed to the sport in Ghana.
“We are always invited but when we get where we aren’t allowed to get close to the players. I am very sad, and I have regretted playing for the black stars of Ghana. I got injured through serving the national team, and nothing has been done concerning this happening.
“We were given an amount of GH¢17,000.00 by the former president but it isn’t enough for the former players. Something special should be done for former players for their dedication and services to the country,” he added.