Former Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko striker, Louis Agyemang ‘Ronaldo’ has leapt to the support of veteran manager JE Sarpong over his recent marijuana (weed) comments.
JE Sarpong recently revealed that 60% of local footballers smoke marijuana, he went on to add that there was an instance he once bought marijuana for a player prior to a big game.
The comments from JE Sarpong didn’t go down well with Aduana Stars striker Yahya Mohammed. Yahaya Mohammed expressed his disappointment and called on JE Sarpong to apologize and retract his statement. He also added that the comments from JE Sarpong could push investors away from investing in the Premier league.
Reacting to the issue, former Hearts of Oak striker Louis Agyemang leapt to the support of the veteran manager.
“Weed smoking among Ghanaian footballers is nothing new. Even some colts footballers smoke before playing, so Premier League footballers smoking in Ghana is no news. It didn’t start today. We just have to be honest with ourselves and take measures to end it,” Louis Agyemang told Angel FM.
“When I was in Ghana, I witnessed many footballers doing it but when I went to South Africa, I realised that at the end of every game, they’ll invite one or two players and test their [blood and urine] samples. It is because we don’t test in Ghana that’s why most of the players feel free to smoke. I can say it is one of the reasons some players cannot excel when they travel outside Ghana”, he added.
Louis Agyemang started his career at Hearts of Oak, he went on to play for Kaizer Chiefs, Étoile du Sahel, Dynamos, Asante Kotoko, Medeama SC and Ashanti Gold. He was part of the Hearts team that defeated rivals Kotoko to win the maiden Confederation cup in 2004.