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Sports Minister tasks Black Stars to bounce back in World Cup qualifier

Published on: 14 February 2013

Sports Minister-designate Elvis Afriyie Ankrah wants the Black Stars to forget about their abject Nations Cup display and focus on next month's World Cup qualifier.

The Black Stars next assignment will be against Sudan in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home on March 24.

Ghanaian fans have been criticizing the team for finishing fourth at the tournament in South Africa-they failed to end a 31-year wait for an African title. 

The Ghana Football Association is yet to receive a technical report on why the team imploded at the semi-final stage with defeat to Burkina Faso and a third-place 3-1 defeat to Mali.

But Afriyie Ankrah wants the technical team and playing to aim at bouncing back next month.

"We have a crucial match against Sudan in March, so we must learn lessons from this competition and begin to prepare ourselves psychologically for that match,'' he said.

"The World Cup is a bigger stage so let’s focus on that because if we are able to qualify and participate well, I’m sure that will wipe away the tears and the heartache of Ghanaians.

"I’m throwing a challenge to all of you as you go back to your respective teams, try to organize yourselves and put this behind you and begin to focus and prepare for the next crucial matches that we must win at all cost."

Ghana are second in Group D; three points behind leaders Zambia and need a win to revive their campaign.



This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Boba Fett says:
    February 14, 2013 11:23 am
    when and where did the minister say this?
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    February 14, 2013 12:19 pm
    Wrong! We the fans are not criticising the team because they placed 4th. We are criticising because we could not recognise our beloved Black Stars who even in defeat outplay our opponents but lose usually due to questionable refereeing favouring our opponents. This year, we played our WORST FOOTBALL EVER!!! This does not inspire confidence in the fans and I dare say the players themselves. Our performance does not scare our opponents -- not even Lesotho! Even the face of our coach when things get rough does not inspire hope. And since we all want to pretend that the men we took to the tournament are the most disciplined except Dede and his brother, then we are in serious trouble!!!
  • Akwasi Floric says:
    February 14, 2013 01:12 pm
    Ghana needs to play 4-4-2 in the future... Lonely striker Gyan aint gonna give us wins... WC squad should be: Kwarasey,Dauda,Agyei Vorsah,Boye,Opare,Inkoom,Akaminko,Jonna Mensah,Afful,LENNARD SOWAH (new left back, plays @ hsv) Frimpong,Essien,Badu,Wakaso,Acquah,D.Boateng,K.Asamoah. A Ayew. BELLARABI (GFA shout contact this boy) Warris Majeed, Jordan, Atsu, Quincy, Adomah, Boakye and Gyan
  • Akwasi Floric says:
    February 14, 2013 01:12 pm
    and don't forget.... MEMPHIS DEPAY !!!!!!!!
  • BX, NYC says:
    February 14, 2013 02:03 pm
    Please SACK the coach... when is this news coming out?? Black Stars players will always be good...But we need a better coach for formation and tactics.. The current one has NO freaking clue.. He knew he had a tournament coming up but was trying out players in all his subsequent matches.. You gotta be kidding me...
  • GHANAarmedROBBER says:
    February 14, 2013 02:56 pm
    I guess he took the international friendlies more serious than the tournament itself.......he was more concerned about winning the friendlies and thereby got most of his first team players injured,by the time the competition started they were mostly injured and not 100% fit,but for sure they are all average players.....they are not there yet so we should stop this over hyping of players like Atsu,Ashante and co.
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 14, 2013 03:15 pm
    A top team must take all games seriously!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 14, 2013 03:15 pm
    Keep driving cabs in NY, you know nothing about football!!