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Ghanaian psychiatrist warns against allowing Black Stars take their WAGS to the 2014 World Cup

Published on: 02 April 2014
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By Ameenu Shardow

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Psychiatrist at the Okomfo Anokye Hospital, Dr. Gordon Donnir has kicked against suggestions to have Black Stars players take along their wives and girlfriends (WAGS) to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Several ex Ghana internationals including Stephen Appiah, Samuel Osei Kuffour and Augustine Arhinful have thrown their support behind the suggestion to officially regulate the visits of WAGS at the Black Stars camp during the tournament.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshie has agreed to this norm which is widely practiced by leading national football sides including Spain and England.

And even though the Ghana FA claim they are not looking at such a proposal which was reportedly tabled by team psychologists Prof. J.K Mintah, the debate surges on.

But lead psychiatrist at the Kumas-based Okomfo Anokye Hospital says agreeing to this suggestion would prove counterproductive for the success of the team.

“I will go back in time in biblical history; in the times of war, the soldiers didn’t take their wives to the battle field and it was for a purpose,” Dr. Donnir told Kumasi-based Ultimate Radio.

“It served the purpose of you being fully concentrated on the task and not to be distracted.

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“Because if you do have you significant other with you, there is the tendency to be distracted emotionally.

“When you become emotionally distracted, it also affects your energy, it affects your concentration and the moment you beginning to lose concentration – and all of us know the game of football dwells mostly on being focused as far as you concentration is concerned.

“And therefore the moment you begin to lose concentration you cannot focus on the game plan and you begin to make a lot of lapses and your opponent takes advantage of it.

“You have to understand that there are emotional needs of your significant other and they also want to experience certain things in the country that the football is going to be played.

“And all of these are going to be external pressures on your game plan so it leads to some but of distraction and the moment you are distracted – especially when it infringes on your emotion – then your focus becomes a problem.”

Ghana aim at going at least one better than their quarter final finish at this year’s World Cup in Brazil,

The Black Stars making its third successive appearance at the finals, will be facing a herculean task in Group G where they will come up against Germany, Portugal and USA.


  • Redd says:
    April 02, 2014 07:47 am
    Spot on Doc.Stephen Keshi just dug his own grave by allowing this nonsense in his camp.
  • Benny says:
    April 02, 2014 08:23 am
    I don't know why we are even contemplating this issue.All those ex-footballers backing such suggestions are plain stupid and hypocrites especially Stephen Appiah whom l have lost every respect with his recent garbage. Stephen Appiah captain Ghana on the last two world cups,why did he not make such a stance. This will undoubtedly bring unnecessary public hatred to those women if the black stars get knocked out and get accused of distracting the players. Most of this players ply their trade outside of Ghana without their wives so why has this become so important.We have better things to talk about now and not to listen to those stupid attention seekers. It will be difficult for us to qualify to the quarter finals,it is not impossible though.This is something we should be pre-occupied with. Who is going to bear the cost? The players are rich enough to get their family closer if they want.Nothing stops them. Unless may be the players engage some amorous relationships in tournaments,but who cares,they are old enough to make decisions for themselves.As long as they don't break camp rules.
  • aberico says:
    April 02, 2014 10:19 am
    You hav said it all Benny
  • London bouy says:
    April 02, 2014 01:19 pm
    Is there no other alternatives for players to concentrate rather than bringing those wags to camp?? The money that gfa will use to bring this wags to camp should be use for the preparation rather..Brazil with the highest number of world cup wins , did any of those teams send their wags to the tournaments.? This stuff is absolutely disgusting
  • TrueGhanaian says:
    April 02, 2014 12:32 pm
    I support you hundred percent;Benny;GFA has to stop this nonsense and let the players concentrate on their task ahead