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We need to change selection policy into the Black Stars - Ex Ghana Sports Minister E.T Mensah

Published on: 23 July 2014
Kevin-Prince Boateng

Former Sports Minister Enoch T. Mensah says the mode of selection of players into the Black Stars need to be reviewed following the team’s disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars slumped to a first round exit from the tournament staged in Brazil having failed to win a single game from Group G.

This is Ghana’s worst ever performance since making its debut at the finals in 2006 in Germany.

A Presidential Commission has been set up to investigate the fallouts from the disastrous campaign with incidence of player agitation over delayed payment of appearance fees and indiscipline.

But ex Sports Minister E.T Mensah believes an amendment to the policy of player selection into the team – focusing on finding talents within – must be implemented to see the side return to the top of its game.

“You cannot come from outside and come and play, you need to come and justify your inclusion,” he told Radio Gold.

“We shouldn’t wait until the last minute to get players.

“We need to go round and get the players who are here.

“If you go all around you will see the talents.

“[Stephen] Appiah for instance was doing so well at the colts level and I had to go watch him and then handed him over to the coaches.”


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • capello says:
    July 23, 2014 05:21 pm
    oooooh Ama Ghana
  • JOHN AKPA says:
    July 23, 2014 01:29 pm
    We knew it was a tough group before we went. A last minute mistake by a defender cost us a point against the USA, who are underrated and disrespected. A pass hit the referee diverting the ball to the Portuguese who launched an attack leading to their first goal. We could have got a draw against the Portuguese too. We needed 3 draws and came close to getting it. Taking the CHAN team to the world cup is NOT the solution if indeed there is a problem in the first place. The money has been paid ! Ghana does not have a problem. Brazil has selection problems.
  • Pepper says:
    July 23, 2014 02:43 pm
    @John Akpa,you are not a Ghanaian,so stop creating confusion here.
  • Paajim says:
    July 23, 2014 11:56 am
    Na who couse am?, when the so called BIGMEN are self indiscipline what do you think the players will do? just sit down and look on for them to cheat them!! and when the get injured then you the same people start talking rubbish and insulting them. It is time the so called bigmen start to do the Right thing for the smaller once to have the Joy in playing for the country
  • A concerned citizen says:
    July 23, 2014 01:23 pm
    E.T Mensah..Watch this..Coach AA is destroying the Black Stars rather than building it...up till now he doesn't know his first 11. "try and error" cum experimental specialist whose technical brain is always in the opposite directions...His play maker is his best no.3,..His bench warmer is his best goalkeeper, His rough player is his best no.6..His best tactical discipline is to bench best players for average players to feature in his first team..His best strategy to manage egos is to fight them publicly and share crocodile tears in front of them..His best technical advise was from players to make his selection..divide and rule tactics? How come National teams look for a CV or a resume before employing a coach but Akwasi Appiah was employed before helping him to build his resume? How come World cup coaches who reached 1/4 or semi finals stages were even fired but Akwasi Appiah was even rewarded for failure? That is why Nyantekyi got a problem, taken into consideration of the speed of the contract..GFA is not his personal family stool and it should represent the interest of the nation.
  • shine says:
    July 23, 2014 11:38 am
    Theres nothing again for Ghana to change players selections. Theres a wunds that Ghanaians need to heal in the national team thats to change the current commitee members. One thing that always cause Ghana poor performances are that, corruptions are too higher in the GFA. Another thing is that we Ghanaians must not employ any local coaches. This is my reasons why, local coaches are always easier to be bribe because they are so poor enough. Another one thing that Ghana is a huge political country thats NDC and NPP If a president is NDC maybe the commitee members are NPP will they want the national team to progress? And if NPP also is in power and all the GFA members are NDC will they want the national team to progress? People wont beleived what i am saying but thats the truth reality in Ghana. Players has done nothing wrong but all the GFA and its commitee members are the most corrupted materials. Look at kwesi Nyantekyi he went to Brazil with full of his family where did he get that monies to paid for their airtickets? accordent to the players their hotel rooms were hell with full of water poor foods and poor arrangements made by GFA .All these stupid things GFA did to Ghana and expected us to leave them alone? Noway for that. the monies that they are spending nyafu nyafu belongs to every Ghanaian in this country and not for GFA Ogas. We the fans have to fight for our so dearly rights. Thats why both of them dont want to resign from their posts. If GFA thinks their men and not women they should be bold enough to resign. Muntari and Boateng has done nothing wrong but was fighting for their rights. Kwesi Appiah did the samething in Senegale 1992 and nothing was happened to him. Kwesi Appiah fought with the coach and the commitee members when they decide who wores the armband. Now that he wants the current boys to also respect him? nooooo it is a curse for a child to slapped his own father otherwise one day that child must received the same slapped.
  • Kwabena says:
    July 23, 2014 08:24 am
    Disastrous indeed with just a single point and rooted at the bottom of the table.
  • john akpa says:
    July 23, 2014 11:34 pm
    I am using a nickname. I am sure most of the German team would say Ghana was the toughest team they played against. Making huge changes to it would most probably turn us into a Cameroun or Brazil !