Former Hearts of Oak and Ghanaian national team defender Dan Quaye, who is now retired, has downplayed the growing stigmatization of Ghanaian athletes.
He said that when athletes consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes after a game, they are not breaching the law.
Dan Quaye is perplexed as to why this behavior is just frowned upon in Ghana when it is prevalent all around the world.
He said that among European players, drinking and smoking were normal ways to celebrate and recoup energy.
“Football is a culture that encourages excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and the use of tobacco products. Some players in Germany and Spain drink beer to refuel after a game, while others light up as a gesture of celebration following a victory “On Agyenkwa FM, 101.9, the former Great Olympic player revealed his thoughts.
An ex-Olympic athlete admitted that after defeating Asante Kotoko, drinking beer was a habit of his. He pleaded on Ghanaians to stop viewing consumption of alcohol and tobacco as terrible offenses against athletics.
When a player in our country is spotted drinking, it’s prohibited and newsworthy in the public, “only in our country.”
“I used to down a bottle of Guinness before every game. After a victory, “it’s just a little moment of joy.”
“Even after we won the Super Cup by beating Kotoko, I still drank one bottle of Guinness”.
A board member for Hearts of Oak had claimed that some of the team’s players smoked and drank before games.