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Former Ghana defender Sam Johnson calls for change of Black Stars B name

Published on: 19 August 2017
Ex-Ghana international Sam Johnson

Former Ghana international Samuel Johnson has expressed his displeasure with the Black Stars B name given to the local based senior national team, claiming that it makes them look inferior in the public eye.

According to the outspoken former Hearts of Oak guardsman, the Ghana Football Association should do away with the name Black Stars B and be firm on a name that will give them good identity among the Ghanaian football populace.

In an exclusive interview with ETV's E-Sports Show, the 44-year-old suggested, "Personally the name Black Stars B doesn't go well for me, I don't understand it. The team should have been given a proper name. They are our local heroes, or is it because they've not had the chance to travel outside, if so then the league that we enjoy so much watching is a B league."

"It means the league is not competitive because if they are B and the foreign players are A, then there must be something wrong with the team. Personally, I don't think it's suppose to be B, they are our national players hence they must be accorded with that respect."

"Having said that, I think they are called B because none of them is being paid GHC 3,000 or GHC 2,000 in their various club sides, so of course they can call them team B because they don't pay them adequately. They are the quality players we have in the country and our league for that matter and we are calling team B, I don't think it's proper, they must change the name for God sake."

The Black Stars B will lock horns with the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the 2nd leg of the 2018 CHAN qualifier at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.

 

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