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Ghana's trophy drought is not because of superstition - Nyantakyi

Published on: 04 February 2014
Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi

Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi refuses to put the nation’s extended title-stricken run on bad omen or superstition.

Ghana has won nothing at senior level since its last Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 1982.

The latest Ghana came close to winning a major competition was in the just ended CHAN tournament where the home-based Black Stars lost the grand finale to Egypt on penalty shootouts.

The disappointing defeat to Libya in the CHAN finale hosted by South Africa leaves Ghana still chasing for its first piece of silverware in 32 years.

The extended title-stricken run has got many thinking that perhaps the problem could be emanating from the spiritual realm.

But Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi believes it only has to do with good timing and nothing more.

“I don’t believe it has anything to do with that [spirituality],” Nyantakyi said upon the arrival of Ghana’s CHAN team on Monday night.

“I think it is a matter of time and that when our time comes we will win a trophy.”


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  • apiangalege says:
    February 06, 2014 06:21 am
    When you rely on juju,are boastful,arrogant,envoius of and hates a great nation like Nigeria,what do you get?Retrogrades,under achievements and disappointments. Repent and achieve!
  • Don says:
    February 05, 2014 07:54 am
    I think the national team needs urgent deliverance
  • lion-fire says:
    February 05, 2014 07:19 am
    ZG and Spellbound said it all. The talent is there for Ghana to be like a Barcelona. Patience and concentration is needed. And of course this is the technical team's job. The Ghanaian way of playing exhibited at the junior levels never makes it to the senior level.
  • kofi says:
    February 05, 2014 05:07 am
    Low self esteem is a major reason .that if Ghana can defeat big,countries :Nigerian .USA Egypt then that is okay to win a tournament .no game plan .
  • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:
    February 05, 2014 05:50 am
  • koffers says:
    February 05, 2014 05:54 am
    @ZG, I agree with you. We like playing long balls and we need strikers who can hold on to the ball and strike when there is an open.A player like Jordan Ayew plays like that but we are always complaining about him instead of going him support and confidence. Most European teams build a play around a striker or 2, so why can't our coaches do that, but instead we aways depend on Asamoah gyan, or in this final chan game, Yahaya to do their magic themselves.
  • Kufor says:
    February 05, 2014 06:59 am
    It's toooo long 33 years,some of us have started to have grey hair .When is this curse be broken???
  • selfmade says:
    February 05, 2014 03:54 am
    It has nothing to do with timing!!! Is due to fear, poor planning and complacency from the playing body as well as the technical team!! Fear has the most important factor in our unsuccessful attempt of ending our trophless trend!! Fear by our players and technical team esp in semi final matches and final matches have been our archilles heel!! We have lost to teams which under normal circumstances we shouldn't lose to if not because of fear!! A very typical example to justify this fear factor is losing to the same teams which we have previously defeated clinically at group stages!! For eg, in the two previous afcons, Mali were defeated by us during the group stages but we shockingly lost to them during losers finals!! We lost to Dr congo in Chan when we have already defeated them!! Lost to Libya in south Africa when we ve already draw with them!! Amazing! When it matters most, we becomes nervous because of fear!!!! Secondly, poor planning from the fa and the technical crew!!! Do we have football historian in our setup!!! People may say this is useless but am telling u, is as important as having a psycologist!! Before our final clash with Libya, a lot of Nigerians were saying that whenever Ghana beats Nigeria in semi finals, Ghana goes on to lose the finals and that's was exactly what happened in south Africa!! We beat Nigeria in sen 92 and lost the finals to I. Coast!! Beat Nigeria again in Ghana 2008and lost our semi final match to Cameroon and just this week, we beat Nigeria and lost the trophy to Libya!! We need a football historian to tell our players the importance of each given match because history always repeats itself!!!! All the money spend on juju can be spend on football historians and it going to work like magic!!!! A country which h has no respect for history is not worth dying for!! Thirdly, compliances from our footballers and ghanaians in general!! Maybe this is genetically!!! How can we be the first African nation to win the afcon four times and stayed at the same place for more than three decades for a country which was way behind us overtake us? How? Compliances!! If a Ghanaian, has a car, a house and a wife, he is done for life and loses his ambitions and this is exactly whatis hhappening to our footballers!! No ambition because afterall, we have managed to reach the finals so we have done well!! We have arrived and this attitude has been our bane during finals!!!! A Ghanaian player with a house and a car is so accomplish that he fails to push up again!!! This attitude has cost us in cup trophies and unless something is done about it, we ll always have heartaches!!! Our players are not serious during cup finals and is so surprising that a team that we have defeated during group stages convincingly can defeat us during the crucial stage!!! Is just amazing and it has nothing to do with timing or anything like that!!! Ghana is now perennial chokers and a trend which is consistently repeated becomes an history and we are creating a bad history which ll ultimately leads to a jinx!!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 05, 2014 02:18 am
    how can we win the cup if we resort to packing the bus and taking our lot with penalty shoot-outs???
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    February 04, 2014 11:01 pm
    First of all we need to stop that long balls hoping for a luck, we are good at soccer,we need to hold the ball, we have better chances of scoring than those long balls hoping it will get to some one, look at all this good europe teams, they hold the ball and pass until there is a opening then they run with it.come on
  • Papadinho says:
    February 04, 2014 11:31 pm
    Dauda warmed the bench again. I guess his juju is not working on the assistent coach. But eh guys let's be honest for once. I think the trophy drought got something t do with the coach. For example 2013 AFCON AA took whack players to the tournament en he got his ass whooped. He even went without the two Ayews. No another thing is the coaches always have a favorite player in mind before the kick off. hhhhmmmm
  • johnny says:
    February 04, 2014 11:36 pm
    My point about bad coaching. Look at this line-striker formation that was being used with a very impotent striker in Yahya Mohammed! And the worse thing is that the coach stuck with it when it so obvious that formation was not working. You don't expect to win tournaments without scoring goals.
  • spellBOUND says:
    February 05, 2014 01:47 am
    ZG, thank you. that is the one MAJOR thing in the european game that AFRICAN teams fail to see. i don't know how this difference has not been rectified over the many years and years of football. aaaaaah. its frustrating. the main word is PATIENCE. even if you can't get the ball past the half the field, pass it backwards, till a lane opens...... A LANE ALWAYS OPENS.. until the african brand learns to maintain possession and wait for an opening to attack, it will ALWAYS be behind the europeans. FACT!. imagine combining the african physical style of play with POSSESSION....aaaaaah, even spain will not stand a chance.
  • only in ghana star is black says:
    February 04, 2014 08:45 pm
  • kuukuphilly says:
    February 04, 2014 08:39 pm
    @johnny I disagree with u in part because the coaches can only do enough.they might make some technical errors here and there but we went as far as the finals and the coaches were not on the field kicking those penalties so sometimes let's be a little just for the coaches..
  • only in GHANA,star is black says:
    February 04, 2014 08:40 pm
    Shame to ghana,32years without trophy
  • johnny says:
    February 04, 2014 07:49 pm
    It is bad coaching. Ghana has football talent in abundance so if we cannot harness what is at our disposal to produce good result, then the problem is lack of technical ability on the part of the coaching staff.
  • BiggestfanGHB.S says:
    February 05, 2014 07:01 pm
    Spot on selfmade...u said it all buddy.