Ex-Ghana FA vice-chairman Ade Coker has slammed the media for their excessive hype of players after the country failed to win a single award at Thursday’s CAF gala in Accra.
The country’s sole nominee, the Black Maidens, lost out on the 2012 Africa Women’s Team of the Year award to Equitorial Guinea.
On a night of glitz and glamour, where the most influential players were awarded for their excellent contribution to the game on the continent, no Ghanaian player could even make the final cut to be considered for the award.
Since legend Abedi Pele won the coveted award for a third year running in between 1991-93, it’s only Sammy Kuffuor, Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan who have come close.
The former Ghana FA vice-capo has blamed the media for the turn of event claiming their drive to over-hype average players have largely contributed to the situation.
“ As a Ghanaian I feel scandalized that I come to such a function and not even a single player or team is awarded,” Coker told reporters
“You people (the media) are not doing the right thing. You people keep hyping players who do not deserve to be hyped.
“If you continue to hype average players this is what will continue to befall us.
“You are the writers, shakers and movers of our game but I’m seriously disappointed with the output of some of you guys.
Go back and do introspection and find out what has gone wrong because we can’t hype players who do not deserve it.
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