When David Duncan told all of Ghana that his boys were ready to beat Sudan, we expect that the two months invested into preparing the team was going to yield some positive payoffs. That was not the case as the Black Meteors lost by a lone goal to the travelling Sudanese, threatening Ghana’s Olympic chances.
This would be the second time this year when a Ghanaian team; made up of home-based players and led by a local coach have messed up in an international competition. In all these competitions, Ghana could not score.
The sad truth is that the Ghanaian football system is not learning and even though stakeholders spend hours discussing the issues, there are no steps taken to correct these recurring mistakes.
This piss poor showing by the Black Meteors reveals four systemic problems with our football: (1) Ghana’s league is lacking in quality players, (2) there is no systematic way of scouting the few quality players available to form national teams, (3) it is becoming clear that local coaches have some catching up to do when it comes to modern trends of the game and (4) planning towards this particular game [and other non-Black Stars games] was weak.
If you bring maggot-infested firewood into your home, don’t be surprised if you are visited by lizards. Among these problems coach and player selection seems to be the key problems
Due to low television investment in the Glo Premier League, many people, including coaches have had to depend on lobbyists, media hype and hear say in deciding which player is technically gifted enough to play for national teams. Coaches have gone ahead to field these so-called good players to their own peril.
It might be useful for the Ghana Football Association to take player scouting more seriously. There ought to be clear cut criteria for selecting players beyond what media men say of them. This trend of sidelining quality players for hyped up players who keep letting the nation down ought to end.
On appointment of coaches, The GFA must do a lot of due diligence before appointing local coaches. Coaches who do not invest into their own education and those with no real records which match Ghana’s tournament aspirations ought not to be appointed no matter how famous or radio savvy they are.
One cannot give what he doesn’t have. For instance, so long as the GFA keeps appointing coaches with defensive records to play competitions where goals matter, one cannot expect gaols. It is that simple. Take David Duncan. This season, until he resigned from AshantiGold his team had some of the worse scoring records. Similarly, Herbert Addo’s teams simply do not know how to shoot, there is little wonder therefore that his Local Black Stars could not score a single goal at the CHAN tournament.
Riding on the wings of good performances by the Black Stars, the Ghana Football Association seems to have long gone to sleep on the local front. There is really a lot of waking up to do.
GHANA: Joseph Addo, Joshua Tijani, Francis Larbi, Kwaku Andoh, Edward Kpodo, Ellias Ankrah, Samuel Affum, Bright Nsiah, Kabiru Imoro, Bismark Idan, Daniel Larbi Coomson
RESERVES: Daniel Adjei, Mohammed Sabato, Daniel Gyamfi, Theophilus Awutey Akpo, Gladson Awako, Emmanuel Baffoe, Wahab Yahaya (Abdul)