To say that the performance of the Senior National Team, The Black Stars performance at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar, was disappointing, is putting it mildly. This is among the world cups Ghanaians, will be erasing from their memory, very quickly.
It is pertinent to remind ourselves that Ghana’s best performance at the football mundial, since the Black Stars first qualified for the World cup in 2006, was 2010 in South Africa, when the senior national team, made it passed the group stages, only to be robbed off, of the quarter finals, when Suarez of Portugal prevented a goal by catching the ball, which was headed to a goal.
Since then Ghanaians outing at the world stage have been on a downward trend. Regrettably, after the Black Stars disastrous outing at Brazil in 2014, failed to qualify for Russia in 2018.
For most Ghanaians, the performance of the team against our arch rivals, Uruguay at Qatar last Friday, was a cardinal sin.
This newspaper is appalled that with all the expectation and high hopes from Ghanaians, the Black Stars, once again failed to make it passed the group stage.
The Black Stars failed again, not because the footballers were not ready to play their hearts out, but because the Ghana Football Association (GFA) betrayed an abysmal lack of seriousness that manifested on the field of play.
In the considered opinion of this newspaper, in saner climes, officials at the GFA, would have tendered their unreserved apology and followed it up with resignations, as the coach has done for our abysmal performance.
We strongly suggest that the Black Stars, should start preparation in earnest for the next African Cup of Nations, as well as the World Cup in 2026, to be hosted by the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.
Local players should be discovered, nurtured, and prepared for the upcoming tournaments.
This newspaper, also frowns at the practice of discarding home-based players for their foreign-based colleagues on the eve of competitions. This practice is counterproductive.