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Ex-Ghana FA chief Ben Koufie calls for calm in dealing with post Brazil 2014 analysis

Published on: 16 July 2014
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A former chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Ben Koufie, has advised Ghanaians to stop behaving as if the Black Stars are unbeatable, since the team is still an unfinished product.

He explained that the current Stars set-up was not the same as the team that excelled at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and, therefore, needed time to grow into a winsome side.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic last Thursday, Mr Koufie, who doubles as the GFA Technical Committee chairman, said “Ghanaians should not behave as if we have arrived and therefore we should win every tournament.”

“This is a new team; they haven’t reached anywhere. There is still work to be done in all the departments of the team,” he noted.

“We have a formidable team which should be kept and worked on over a period of time to transform it into a formidable side.”

We have a long way to go. We must get down to work and keep working hard,” he stressed.

He said it was not fair to judge Coach Kwasi Appiah’s team by the successes of the two previous World Cups in Germany and South Africa since most of the players of that era such as Stephen Appiah, John Mensah, Hans Adu Sarpei, Matthew Amoah, John Paintsil, and others had all faded out.

He seized the opportunity to also urge soccer authorities to desist from raising the hopes of Ghanaians for the ultimate ahead of major tournaments such as the Africa Nations Cup and the FIFA World Cup.

“Officials should know how to talk in order not to put unnecessary pressure on themselves and the team which is still young,” he cautioned.

Source: Graphic Online.


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  • maubs says:
    July 17, 2014 09:58 am
    should have said the problem is our so called football adminstrators who are no beckenbaurs and hasnt won even african clubs championships ever as players or mangers and who have been charged in all the years when we won nothing and still wish to be regarded as big mans not the experience of the players. At every major tournament we filed the youngest squad. why? what happens in the years in between? so mr kuoffie your excuses do not wash. if you are top of the class and you dont arrive in time for exams you will fail. am really surprised that you of all people will say such things like preparations and good adminstration is not important to winning games or tournaments.
  • maubs says:
    July 16, 2014 06:01 pm
    mr kuoffie england had a far ranging committe set up to help improve their game; germany football done the same after losing 5-1 to england and has since never looked back. Its a shame that people will think whast we urge here as fans is sour grapes and anger at not doing well at the world cup. That is not the point at all. What people are upset about is how the name of Ghana has come in for such disrepute and all the palava surrounding mismagament, fighting in camp etc, coach appearing not to have a clue and on top of that cant communicate nor motivate his charges. Go read about a german tribute to low -it says he manged to keep everyone happy over a long time which is most important. So Mr Kuoffie dont atatempt to divert from the issues.
  • maubs says:
    July 16, 2014 06:08 pm
    as a matter of fact so called adminstrators of football in ghana who are no beckenbaur, johanne cruyff, cappello, ancelotti, etc; and have been in charge in the time when we haven't won anything for how long all come, but are worshipped as big mans are the problem not inexperience of the squad. AT every tournament we have the youngest squad so come again mr kuoffie your excuses do no wash
  • xoxoKSxoxo says:
    July 16, 2014 07:24 pm
    You spoke wisely in the latter part of your statement. " soccer authorities should to desist from raising the hopes of Ghanaians for the ultimate ahead of major tournaments such as the Africa Nations Cup and the FIFA World Cup" This is all Kwesi Appiah and management should have done so as not to raise hopes of people then the outcome would have been expected. All the insults and anger on social media would then not have been justified. The truth really sets you free. Now we know not to put no hope in the BS in future matches. Thanks, Mr. Ben Koufie. GFA should also learn not to waste the time of senior players by calling them to play matches that are un-winnable cos these players are used to winning or like to play matches they have a legitimate chance of winning.