Sports enthusiast and aced broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah has expressed consternation at the performance of the Black Stars, which saw their early exit from the ongoing 2019 African Cup of nations.
Nana Aba Anamoah told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show it’ll take more than crying for the players to appease Ghanaians who are forced into mourning by their performance.
“Are the players not giving any form of apology for the energy invested in them”? she asked. And referred to as on them to donate half of their bonuses to charity to show that they’re sorry.
“They ought to do more than crying,” she added. She told Daniel Dadzie, host of the Super Morning Show tuesday, most of these players “did not look interested.
The sobbing of some of the players after the defeat did not win over Nana Aba Anamoah they’re remorseful.
According to her, the players were crying because of their personal loss. Why were the players crying? it was as a result of they’re not getting to the next stage of the competition, they’re going to be denied bonuses and will not get contracts from scouts.”
Rating the individual performances of the players, she said, “I was expecting a lot of from Asamoah Gyan. but I don’t blame him. somebody was supposed to provide him the balls. Yesterday except for Nuhu Adams and mubarak Wakaso, all the other players were very average.”
Ghana’s hope of winning the 2019 African Cup of nations, after 37 successive previous failed tries, was dashed last night at the Ismailia stadium in Egypt.
This wasn’t unexpected. The team struggled in their previous games and were thankful to have been rewarded by an own goal from the Tunisians a minute to the end of the game.
Luck eluded them during the penalty shootout that saw them losing 4: 5 to their Tunisian counterparts.
Many Ghanaians believed the team went into the tournament looking forward to luck than adequate preparation. Activist, Kinna Likimani shared this view. according to her, it takes over nationalist sentiments to win such a competitive tournament.
“I don’t understand why we do identical things and expect different results. Why do you think Ghana is going to win? I have not seen anything. Performance isn’t simply muscle moving,” she said on Joy FM’s Super Morning days to the tournament.
“What have we done to make sure that they get the work done? we’ve not treated ourselves as if we deserve it,” Likimani added.
The senior national team has been grappling with management problems since Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ investigative work which unmasked corruption in Ghana’s football.
The team is presently being managed by a three-man normalization committee put in place by FIFA. This was after the ghana football Association was dissolved and its president banned from football-related activities.
The ad-hoc committee is to temporarily manage the team till there can be a properly constituted ghana football association. Commenting on the future of the coach, Nana Aba Anamoah says that it’s time for Kwasi Appiah to step aside.
The coach, she said, has done well thus far but it time for him to go.
“Drop that coach. No drop him,” she said on the Morning show.
Nana Aba Anamoah, like several other Ghanaians on social media, has blamed Ghana’s early exit from the tournament on the coach.
“We had coaching deficiencies,” she lamented, “why do you set out Dede Ayew and keep Owusu.” She questioned the tactical decision of Kwasi Appiah which saw the black stars losing after a penalty shootout to the Tunisian National Team.
She said the captaincy drama which the coach inflicted on the team was unnecessary.
“What was the impact of removing Asamoah Gyan from the captaincy? What did we achieve? it was unnecessary. All of that was unnecessary. it was a distraction.
Sports Journalist and private legal practitioner, Eva Okyere, also added that while there may be technical and tactical deficiencies, “We took a very average Black Stars team to the tournament.”
She said she had seen better Black Stars teams in the past, this not one among them.