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Ghana U20 success needed to atone for Black Stars' disastrous World Cup campaign - George Afriyie

Published on: 03 August 2014
Ghana U20 management committee chief George Afriyie

Ghana U20 management committee chairman George Afriyie believes the team’s qualification to the African Youth Championships is gravely needed to restore confidence in Ghana football following the Black Stars poor campaign at the World Cup.

The Black Satellites will have to beat Gabon over two-legs to seal qualification to next year’s finals which will be staged in Senegal.

There have been a lot of heat in Ghana football following the Black Stars’ poor showing at the 2014 World Cup.

Ghana failed to live up to the billing to make a crashing first round exit from the tournament hosted by Brazil.

And the Black Satellites management committee chief believes the team’s success in qualification is crucial now more than ever help atone for Ghana’s disastrous World Cup campaign.

"Ghana football is not in its best times due to the Black Stars disappointment in Brazil," George Afriyie told GFA TV.

"And therefore for us to begin to atone for such a disappointment, we need to beat Gabon here and beat them well so that the second leg is made a mere formality."

Ghana will host Gabon in the first leg of the ultimate qualifier on August 17 before traveling to Libreville for the return encounter a fortnight after.

The Black Satellites were held to a thrilling draw by the Namibia U23 team in an international friendly played on Sunday in Accra.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Edward says:
    August 04, 2014 04:07 am
    Let us first get rid of those guys who come to the stadia masqueraded as fetish priests and juju men from our soccer, then we'll prosper. Our players come to the stadia singing gospel songs. They then gather together to say a prayer. We don't need anybody impersonating a fetish priest on our behalf. God is not mocked. Don't represent us with images that are not us. We are not a nation of devil worshippers. For those who take this as a joke, I tell you satan doesn't joke with anything. Please, don't use the Black Stars to advertise your devilish agenda. Those involved know exactly what they are doing. Our team can not prosper with us mocking God, period.
  • fish says:
    August 04, 2014 05:07 am
    @Edward,why doesn't Israel win the world cup?.Those things don't mean anything,if you prepare very well,with quality players like Germany you will succeed,even if satan is among the spectators.
  • Mumbi says:
    August 04, 2014 06:38 am
    Gabon will win both legs. Its good that the return match will be in Libreville. So it wont be easy 4 Ghana to maltreat Gabon or switch off lights.
  • Praemonitus, praemunitus says:
    August 04, 2014 06:50 am
    @fish, That's what the devil wants you to believe. Why do our players gather together to pray before matches? If there is nothing in the spiritual, then they should stop praying before matches. How many of us will want our corpse taken to a fetish house for rituals before burial instead of a church for prayers. Edward is right. Besides, that practice disgraces Ghanaians especially those of us in the diaspora. Who wants to adorise the devil at the expense of God?
  • Praemonitus, praemunitus says:
    August 04, 2014 06:54 am
    GSN, tell me why my comment is awaiting moderation. What is in my comment that is offensive or crosses the line?
  • Araba Taylor says:
    August 04, 2014 10:29 am
    The World Cup campaign was not "disastrous"!! Ghana was the only side Germany couldn't beat.
  • fish says:
    August 04, 2014 12:21 am
    Qualifying means nothing to us and that will not atone any black stars disastrous world cup campaign.George Afriyie.
  • Quincy says:
    August 04, 2014 01:18 am
    Win the AFCON then peace will reign.