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Ghanaian Soccer Fans In Nigeria Warn Against Disbandment Of Black Stars

Published on: 11 February 2013

Ghanaian soccer fans resident in Ebonyi, Nigeria have warned against the disbandment of the current Black Stars that represented Ghana in the just concluded AFCON, where the team’s performance fell below their expectation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Black Stars lost the third place match against the Eagles of Mali, who defeated them 3-1 to win the bronze medal.

It would be recalled that the same Malian team had also defeated the Black Stars 2-0 at the Gabon-Equatorial Guinea edition of the AFCON.

The concerned fans, who spoke to NAN in Abakaliki on Sunday in separate interviews said, that the 'proposed disbandment' would be counter-productive.

Mr Kwame Edusei, a Cobbler, said that even though Ghanaians were disappointed with the team’s performance, it should not be done away with.

"The team’s main problem is the constant changing of the coaching personnel and players which makes it difficult to have a well blended team in place.

"Kwesi Appiah, who took over from the Serbian Goran Stevanovic after last year’s failure, started a rebuilding process and he introduced new players with no major tournament experience.

"Though Nigeria seems to be succeeding with inexperienced players, I see the development as a one-off situation,

"It is not generally applicable to the success of teams,” he said.

Basil Tetteh, a trader told NAN that Appiah’s rebuilding process was untimely.

He said that too much was expected from the team within the short period of its existence.

``His team is barely a year old, and one would have expected the authorities to allow him to use the AFCON to assess his team and not to expect the team to win the tournament.

``I advice the authorities to retain and give him up till the next AFCON edition in Morocco 2015, when the team would have been thoroughly drilled,’’ Tetteh added.

Gerald Antwi, a Student warned the Ghanaian FA to resist the urge to reshuffle the team’s technical crew since it was already prosecuting the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifiers billed for Brazil.

``Changing the team now would be detrimental, as it will affect the team’s cohesion that will be needed to qualify for the world cup; to make amends for the poor AFCON showing.

“Our problem started in 2010 when we commenced a rebuilding process that should have been used to consolidate on our brilliant performance at the 2010 World Cup,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Emmanuel Ughasoro, a Nigerian Sports Administrator, has called on the Ghanaian authorities to recall notable players that were left out of the AFCON squad.

"My suggestion should not be seen as interference in Ghanaian football matters, but I feel that players such as the Ayew brothers, Sulley Muntari, and Michael Essien should be recalled to fortify it.

"The undue preference given to Captain Asamoah Gyan should have been extended to fitter and more effective players,’’ he stressed.

Mrs Prisca Odah, a Nigerian businesswoman, called on Ghanaian fans across the globe to accept the current situation and not to crucify the team.

“I spent several years in Ghana and know that the fans are passionate about their national teams, especially the Black Stars,” she said.

Comments

  • Ghanaman says:
    February 11, 2013 02:51 pm
    Looks like Ghanaians in Nigeria are more intelligent!!
  • Ghanaian says:
    February 11, 2013 01:58 pm
    You gotta be kidding me.. Get the F outta here..Akwasi Appiah started a rebuilding process my FOOT.. He's been there for F'ing ever.. and he's just now starting to rebuild a team?? You can't be serious.. These Africans residing in Africa needs a broader perspective.. When I was in Ghana I thought I knew it all until i started travelling to Europe and U.S, and realized the difference and how FAR Africa is from the rest of the world... This is the WORST the BS have ever performed... SACK the stupid coach NOWWWWWWWWW
  • mukmin says:
    February 11, 2013 01:07 pm
    Who cares what Ghanaians in Nigeria think? What about Ghanaians in Ghana? Appiah must go he has humiliated the nation enough.
  • Jimmy says:
    February 11, 2013 12:50 pm
    That is why we will not qualify for the WC! Akwasi at post means no WC!
  • yopoo says:
    February 11, 2013 12:01 pm
    I don't believe this article some Ghanaians in nigeria haven't said anything.If this is true Ghanaians they should have known better that black stars is too big for Kwesi Appiah we have been patient since 82 till now.is high time we stop gambling and take things serious for once Keshi took only 3 months to build this nigeria team but kwesi appiah was taking more than a year ago and he is still useless.
  • bawah says:
    February 11, 2013 11:49 am
    IF WE WANT TO WATCH TV APPIAH MUST GO OR ELSE WE WILL BE KNOCKED OUT FROM THE wORLD CUP QUALIFICATION.THE TACTICALLY POOR COATCH WAS AFRAID CAPE VERDE, BURKINA AND MALI...HE MUST GO.A WORD TO THE WISE IS ENOUGH;
  • slim says:
    February 11, 2013 11:41 am
    Is all about the dibi mamindibi. Nyantakye is messing up my tax money.Financial lost to the state.
  • slim says:
    February 11, 2013 11:39 am
    WAM! mo ne kasa.As simple as that.
  • junior mafia says:
    February 11, 2013 11:04 am
    News comin in is AA is gonna b maintaind..
  • asante isaac says:
    February 11, 2013 10:17 am
    akwesi appiah must recalled the old players with experience to help the team move forward
  • Mojahadine says:
    February 11, 2013 10:32 am
    Whoever these Ghanaians are they should just shut the hell up. Akwesi Appiah is not qualified to coach the Black Stars. He is tactically bankrupt and inadequate. Asamoah Gyan, whoever is adding him to this Africa eleven is blind and buying into the his skills of yester years. He is at this time a diminished player with nothing to offer the Black Stars or Africa. Akwesi Appiah need to be dumped.
  • Bignii says:
    February 11, 2013 09:46 am
    This is not the rite time to Disbandment Of Black Stars we need to calm down. better is not enought The best is yet to come we still have a bright future
  • slim says:
    February 11, 2013 09:50 am
    Calm down where? AA must go.We've been calm since 1982
  • obele says:
    February 11, 2013 03:27 pm
    ghana could have equally been crowned champions had asamoah gyan been more purposeful upfront against bukina faso. akwasi appiah must be maintained to ensure continuity and consistency. lets give him another chance.
  • obele says:
    February 11, 2013 03:31 pm
    Awasi appiah must stay. if asamoah gyan was more purposeful upfront against bukina, we could have equally be crowned champions.
  • selfmade says:
    February 11, 2013 03:46 pm
    Noone gives a fuck about ghanaians living nigeria!!! I don't give a fuck and i know my mom,papa and my entire family don't give a fuck either about their foolish opinions!!! Some atopa and achacha players has to go!!! Am fucking pissed when pple said Ghana presented young players?? Really?? Who is fucking young in that squad??!!!! Damnn,these boys are not young but old pple!!!! Their football age says there are young but we are know that they are very matured pple with some having three or four players!!! We need to face the fucking reality that we not all that good because young players don't play like old men!!!! Now to atsu,he better stop that babe football and put on some muscles or better he needs to be tough bcos messi though smallish always plays tough and is always hard to take the ball from him!!! we tired of their billshit!!! Now someone needs to tell that crook called nyantakyi to hide his fucking teeth from us because we are tired of seeing them,always smiling or laughing even when our heart is broken because now we mean fucking business!!!! He needs to do something about his fucking teeth cuz we tired of seeing them!!!! Viva the revolutionciooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
  • access says:
    February 11, 2013 03:55 pm
    AA will wn world cup for Ghana... Kwaasey Opare--------Nana Asare-----vorsah--------Boye Muntari-------- Ayew---------------------Essien Quincy--------------Gyan--------------Kojo Asamoah The world cup Squad.....
  • maka says:
    February 11, 2013 04:04 pm
    Look, if Ghanaians are hoping to qualify for the world cup...like they hoped to see the nations cup come to Ghana, then we must forget it with AA in charge! Don't you all realize that an intelligent coach can read games and make the right substitutions? This dude doesn't have that acumen! Additionally, he cannot motivate his players like what even Herve Renard does...and Herve is not even a top notch coach, but at least, he can read games and bring the best out of his players! I dont think Renard will play Rainford Kalaba at right/left full back like AA did to Kwadwo Asamoah. This idiot of a coach believes a great player can play anywhere on the pitch...but I wonder why Lionel Messi is not being played at left full back in Barca! Coach, players can play anywhere...but will you get the best out of them? You tried Awal Mohammed in midfield, did it work well for you? Did the Kwadwo Asamoah foolery you introduced work well (altho he did his best). Which Ghanaian coach has done worse than AA? Under him, the black stars played abysmal soccer....! You see, we dont even bother when the team plays well and loses----but in this useless coach's case, we did both-----by playing like headless chickens...kick and follow soccer....and we lost too! All the won matches were by sheer luck, soft penalties, and the determination of the boys! Did anyone realize that from the 1st match to the last, he made the same mistakes and poor subs? The guy is not born to be a coach---he lacks analytical reasoning and reading of games! He should not be into coaching, because no matter how long it takes, he won't get it! He is using coaching to survive....because getting $20,000 a month is heaven for him! It is clear he learned nothing under MILO or PLAVI --- cos although the previous coaches were not top coaches, AA could have picked a thing or two and added it to his own if he was an excellent apprentice who really wanted to succeed! People call some of us "armchair" coaches, but trust me, gone are the days when any coach could simply get up and throw dust into our eyes! Nowadays, an average soccer fan can read games and understand formations...and coaching is simply not about being an ex football player ---ask Mourhino. That Cape Verde coach, Lucio Antunes, he is an airplane director...works at the airport...but trust me, he even showed that he was better than Akwasi Appiah! Can anyone tell me which coach AA was better than at the AFCON? If we had been in some of the other groups, we would not even have made it out! Every team we met outplayed and OUT-COACHED us! That alone is an indictment and shame on Ghana soccer! It was just 2 years ago we dazzled the world...so any wise coach will CONSOLIDATE--- and please take note of the word...CONSOLIDATE! I did not say "REBUILD"! AA was part of the world cup SA 2010 coaching staff...so he knows there was a team. So, "ofui, gyimi" why do you decide to disband the team and REBUILD when you know that AFCON is so close and WC 2014 qualifiers are at hand? Is that wisdom? Ladies and gentlemen, I have much to say but cant go on; but AA's picking of players, selection, playing players in right positions, reading of games, substitutions, motivation of players, player management, etc...everything has been shambolic and embarrassing. Look, I can give you 11 players...just 11 players that I will select and they can win the world cup and conquer the world. Do you guys think KPB just quit the national team for nothing? If the Ayews didn't have their father and family in Ghana, and they switched like Kevin did, and saw all that was going on behind the scenes regarding admin, management and coaching, they would have quit long ago! Look at these players: 1. Kwarasey/Dauda 2. Rahim Ayew/Daniel Opare/Afful 3. Wakaso/David Addy/Nana Akwasi Asare 4. Vorsah/John Boye 5. Jonathan Mensah/John Mensah (even if he plays for 30mins in the 2nd half after goals are scored). 6. Michael Essien/Anthony Annan 7. Quincy Abeyie/Albert Adomah 8. KPB (if he shows commitment to play for Ghana; but his lack of commitment might be due to things we don't know going on in the GFA and we must find out; but a good coach always knows how to get such players; Keshi did it with Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi)/ Agyeman Badu/Joseph Alfred Duncan 9. Salifu Amidu/Jordan Ayew/Kwame Nsor/Boakye Yiadom/Gyan (he better wakes up if he wants selection) 10. Kwadwo Asamoah/Christian Atsu 11. Sulley Muntari/Andre Ayew Now is any GFA member watching the above list? Even if KPB cant be persuaded to play, the above team is still tight and serious! Can anyone tell me that team above can't conquer Africa? Cant reach even a semi final or final or a world cup? Can Sudan, Zambia, Mali, B. Faso, etc play the team above? The team above is not just talented....they are fearsome and can be united to win uncountable laurels! If we shall stop cronyism and nepotism and parade our best, Ghana's team will be called the invincibles....and will conquer again and again! Now the most important thing....after getting the players above...just give the team to a competent coach who is Ghanaian ---- and we have one in the current under 20 coach...and others who are in Germany, Arsenal, etc! Then just give the under 20 to upcoming coaches who are in Ghana like CK, etc! But all this will fall on the deaf ears of fools who are in power and are after money ---but their times are coming...one after another! The bane of Africa soccer isn't the players...it is the misadministration and corruption...and Akwasi Nyantakyi should better wake up, because he is destroying his legacy...and some of us are getting pissed! If we want to go to the world cup, just appoint an interim coach who is competent, and call the above players and we will all be witnesses! But if you all want to watch 2014 BEHIND your sucking tvs and want Zambia or Sudan to go through, then be my guest with AA in charge! I rest my case....! GFA, read what I have said....and better watch out!
  • access says:
    February 11, 2013 04:05 pm
    Kwarasey Essien----------Vorsah-------Boye--------Muntari -- Badu---------Prince Boateng-----------Kojo Asamoah Ayew----------------Gyan---------------Quincy The world cup squad....
  • access says:
    February 11, 2013 04:12 pm
    Ghana have the players to win the world cup but it depend on the selections of players...
  • Andrew in Nigeria says:
    February 11, 2013 04:18 pm
    "...Mr Kwame Edusei, a cobbler..." When nigerians own companies in Ghana, ghanaians are busy doing menial jobs in Nigeria. Mschewwwwww.
  • paul says:
    February 11, 2013 05:30 pm
    is anyone reading what "maka" is saying! ao, ghana!
  • MASANI says:
    February 11, 2013 06:00 pm
    AKWASI APPIAH TRIBALISM MAN...TO STAY? HMMMM
  • pito says:
    February 11, 2013 06:25 pm
    i dont know what is wrong with this Ghanaman, is A.A your uncle? There are unexplained events and a single example is Awal Mohamed, unlike Afriyie acquah and even young chap Duncan who have played friendlies for Blackstars and are therefore tested, when did anybody test Awal in the blackstars before the tournament? NOWHERE. and yet the PSL player makes it to afcon ahead of others and gets played at defensive midfield? is somebody doing marketting? To add insult to injury when Annan had recovered. Open your eye Ghanaman. A.A cannot qualify us from the WCQ groups. not even talking of the two nation face-off after that.
  • Troy says:
    February 11, 2013 06:39 pm
    What is Gyan fucking doing in the list? That bores me. He's becoming the Fernando Torres of Africa. He's the reason we couldn't make it to the finals. Although the coach flop bigtime but Asamoah Gyan the Azonto pop star is the main reason we are still with no cup.
  • agyedufred says:
    February 11, 2013 06:40 pm
    sorry but AA is going no where. mark my words.we need consistency, if u are good enough apply for the job, most of us dont know anything in football yet we speak volumes
  • maka says:
    February 11, 2013 06:41 pm
    thank u @ pito! u will live long!
  • pito says:
    February 11, 2013 06:44 pm
    GSN please why don't you guys have poll on your site so that we can click to vote. Let us see how many intelligent people want A.A replaced. The "yenkye ndi" guys has gradually made their way into our football admin.
  • maka says:
    February 11, 2013 06:48 pm
    @ agyedu fred, maybe u are confused! U recall awal mohammed, right? he was in the team....yes, and he played as a defensive midfielder, yet is a central defender in the south african premier league! he is not a defensive midfielder...did not play any crucial role in the tournament; when he was called, he was played in the wrong position. Yes, he was called ahead of Afriyie Acquah, and better players for that role. So ask yourself...with all the defenders we had, from jonathan..to vorsah..to afful..name them, why add awal?? and when u added him, you played him out of position! did u watch mali's 3rd goal? Unless akwasi appiah is ur uncle, u wont be talking shit! the guy went to market players...and take bonuses from players....he is just shit! Did u hear what sunday oliseh said? the guys played without a coach! kwasi appiah is a disgrace---and like we always say...since he has been maintained---mark it; GHANA is not going to the world cup in 2014! That will be added to akawasi appiah's resume..and the frigging GFA wont have money to chop as well...and soon...sponsorship of the black stars will become a problem cos nobody will waste their money on this useless team! Akwasi Appiah is taking Ghana football back into the days when black stars were not attractive anymore...mark it! Watch this space for what am saying come Brazil 2014---cos u will be cursing him behind your tv!
  • maka says:
    February 11, 2013 06:49 pm
    we need consistency..yes...but WITH THE RIGHT COACH!/....and players!
  • Anokwale says:
    February 11, 2013 07:31 pm
    Obele: Thank you for being one of the few who actually watched the game. Gyan kicked the ball right into the goal keeper on a breakaway because he created a narrow angle for himself by going outside instead of inside. Moreover, two minutes before Bance equalized, he hit the post on a shot that a striker of his caliber is supposed to make. Let us not forger the shot that Solomon Asante missed. We cannot blame the coach without critically analyzing the missed chances in the Burkina Faso semi-final.
  • pito says:
    February 11, 2013 07:59 pm
    and who selected these players. Asante the untested diminutive right winger over Quincy, the tested fast afcon experienced right winger? You know why Asante missed that shot? the answer lies in his height and therefore his short-leg reach made him do full stretch to hit the ball because when the ball got to him he was unstable and bit leaned back. A slightly taller player say even adomah will have burried it more precisely. A.A must bear the blunt for his selections too.
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 11, 2013 08:00 pm
    He will qualify us comfortably and we will persevere!!
  • selfmade says:
    February 11, 2013 08:12 pm
    @ Ghanaman.... kwasiatuotuo!!! Ofui aponkyire!!! Allah,thunder and lighting ll strike u down kwasiabiba!!! Viva the revolutionciooooo!! Idiot!!!!
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    February 11, 2013 09:04 pm
    ADWEE LOOKING AA. AREA BURGER, AKROBETO LOOK ALIKE. IM SORRY! IF PLAVI WHO DIDNT GET ANY DEPUTY COACHING JOBS WITH GBSTAR COULD BE FIRED FOR NON PERFORMANCE AFTER BARELY 1 YR ON THE JOB. THEN THIS ADWEE LOOKING BB AKA AREA BURGER/AKROBETO LOOKALIKE MUST ALSO BE FIRED FOR NON PERFORMANCE. WE SAY WHITE PPL ARE RACIST. WE FIRED PLAVI AFTER BARELY 1 YR FOR NON PERFORMANCE AT AFCON 2012. WHY SHOULDNT WE FIRE AA AS WELL. AFTERALL, AA HAS BEEN A DEPUTY COACH FOR GBSTAR FOR SO MANY YRS... HW3, NAIJA FIRED AMODU AFTER HE QUALIFIED NAIJA TO WCUP. NAIJA HIRED SAMSON SIASIA AND FIRED HIM FOR NON PERFORMANCE. SIASIA WAS THERE WHEN GH WALLOPED NAIJA 4 TO 1. NAIJA ALSO FAILED TO QUALIFY TO AFCON 2012. WAT A DISGRACE! NAIJA CLEANED HOUSE AND HIRED STEPHEN KESHIE, AND THE REST AS THEY SAY IS HISTORY. ADWEE LOOKING AA HAS FAILED, SO HE MUST BE FIRED! FIRE FOR FIRE!....... IF GHFUO ACCEPT APPIAH AS COACH. THE WE ARE NO DIFFERENT THAT THAT SUPID GIRL DEDE IN THAT MOVIE..AREA BURGER! TELLING ATAA AYI TO GO AND SIN NO MORE?...MUAHAHAHAAAA, U MUST BE HIGH OR VERY STUPID. GOD FORGIVES. I DONT. CHANGE THE NAME TO NYANTAKYI BLACKSTARS! TU GYIMI GH!
  • Quincy Owusu Abeyie says:
    February 11, 2013 10:21 pm
    Ghanasoccernet please dont start this bullshit trying to shift public opinion. God will punish all you at ghanasoccernet, your agents and the GFA if you continue to manipulate public opinion.
  • ajax says:
    February 11, 2013 10:26 pm
    Akwesi appiah & his master has cost financial lost to the country.Therefore he must go & become PE instructor in one of our basic schools.
  • Quincy Owusu Abeyie says:
    February 11, 2013 10:26 pm
    aboa
  • Quincy Owusu Abeyie says:
    February 11, 2013 10:41 pm
    Master I really respect you for your selection. The reason why I believe any sensible person can easily manage Ghana. The talent is there, its just there. May be I will only like to add Elvis Manu and Frimpong, take out one striker and one defender. Well done tho, its a great pleasure to hear from sensible people.
  • Quincy Owusu Abeyie says:
    February 11, 2013 10:46 pm
    dont worry ghanasoccernet will manipulate it in favour of akwasi appiah, they are part of the system been set up by football agents killing ghana's football
  • Chu says:
    February 11, 2013 11:21 pm
    And who cares about this crap team with a hypocrite as coach. we are fed up with them and we hate to watch them on TV
  • Akwasi Appiah James says:
    February 11, 2013 11:25 pm
    I resign
  • ITus says:
    February 12, 2013 08:35 am
    Gsn. We want wnt a POLL. N the gfa can infer from that how many Ghanaians do not what AA as our coach. Put the likes of silas tetteh and Odenke on there n let's see what the people want.
  • peace says:
    February 12, 2013 01:00 pm
    Good selection there know i can smell victory.