Sorry Guys, No Bench-Warmers Here?

Goran stevanovic appears to have a plan here. In an interesting twist to the Black Stars story, the Serbian coach has issued a rather fascinating warning to his players – No more call ups for inactive players.

This call is such a brave shift in principle from what pertained previously when players somewhat found themselves in Black Stars squad-lists in spite of their match fitness. For far too long, players with no record of playing football anywhere in the world have used the Black Stars as a springboard to revive their still-born careers.

Goran Plavi Stevanoci wants to use only active players


This time, there is a new sheriff in town. The old order is changing. The message is clear – One match is worth more than 10 training days. So if you do not have a club or play for your club, you cannot feature for Ghana. There cannot be any other way to go. The days of players being selected on suspicious grounds should be effectively over if Plavi is to be believed.

Talk being cheap, however, the question should be asked whether Goran has the courage to stick to this principle. Can he overcome alleged underhand dealings of managers of the players and some of the F.A. Officials in player call-up? Already, under his tenure as coach of Black Stars, we have witnessed a number of inactive players and those with very little playtime feature regularly for the Black Stars.

Whatever prompted him to wake up to the realities, but be good. It is no brainer to guess that Adam Kwarasey’s sterling performances might have reinforced Goran’s belief that active players are better than some of those bench-warmers he has put so much confidence in.

While Ghanaians can be proud that their coach has found the confidence to do the right thing, even more questions must be asked whether he will have the material to achieve his dream of a 22-man Black Stars who are all active in their respective leagues. If Goran is to be taken serious, some of his most trusted regulars like Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, Lee Addy, Jonathan Mensah, Dominic Adiyiah, Prince Tagoe, Samuel Inkoom, Anthony Annan and to a very large extent Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu may have to give way to more active players if they do not work harder at their clubs.

But where are the players?…maybe Goran plans to stay longer in Ghana to scout for some of the best local players.


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