First, it was Aduana Stars in the Orange CAF Champion’s league, then there was the loacal Black Stars at the CAF CHAN 2011 competition. Then last week, AshatiGold followed the trend in the CAF Confederations Cup. Now the Black Meteors have joined the list of Ghanaian teams which have had to rely on some miracle in order to advance in international competitions.
Poor planning, improper scouting and selection lapses among other factors have conspired to put Ghana’s London 2012 Olympic games qualification in jeopardy. David Duncan-led Black Meteors are now asking for prayers to get over the preliminary phase.
Now, if the first elimination phase will require prayers, one shudders to think what will be needed as the qualification process progresses.
David Duncan’s technical team now looks panicked and are ready to hang on any straw to save their drowning selves after Sudan picked a vital away goal. He must know he has almost messed up Ghana’s chances of qualification. That must explain why in what appears to be a panic reaction, Duncan and his bench have now invited some of the Egypt 2009 U-20 winning squad, who should have formed the core of this Olympic squad in the first place.
Of course, some of these players who are first team regulars in their clubs will not be released. Ghana will now have to do with only Quincy Osei, Ransford Osei, Jonathan Mensah and Sadick Adams. This makes Ghana’s case even more precarious because Ransford Osei and Sadick Adams, the strike pair which Duncan hopes will save Ghana’s blushes, have together scored a total of 14 goals at club level since 2005.
The one thinks about this game, the more one relates with the call for prayer. So with fingers crossed, we say a word of prayer for the Black Meteors and hope they beat Sudan away from home.
When they have cleared that hurdle, I propose a thorough rebuilding of the team.