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Zambian journalist slams Ghana FA over World Cup shambles, claims Chipolopolo could have done better

Published on: 11 July 2014
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Zambian journalist Musonda Muzo Chibulu has slammed the Ghana Football Association for Black Stars’ disgraceful exit from the 2014 World Cup insisting the Chipolopolo could have done better at the tournament than the West Africans.

The Black Stars edged past Zambia in the hotly-contested group phase of the World Cup qualifiers before defeating Egypt to reach the tournament in Brazil.

However, Ghana picked just a point at the group stage and became a subject of ridicule when over $3.5 million was airlifted from the West African country to settle agitated players’ appearance fees.

Chibulu believes Ghana had the best of chance to make Africa proud but love for money coupled with poor man management cost the four-time African champions.

“When Ghana qualified to Brazil 2014 at the expense of my beloved Zambia in the group stages, the entire continent was pregnant with expectations. No sooner had the draws of the group stages been announced than doubt began to creep in,” Chibulu told Goal Ghana.

“Ghana was placed in the proverbial Group of Death – Germany, Portugal and the United States of America. The group was tough. But with the experience of 2010 when Ghana nearly became the first Africa nation to make the semi-finals, it was envisaged the Black Stars would find the compass to navigate their way to the second round only to be entangled by monetary issues.”

He added: “It quickly emerged that the Black Stars were owed appearance bonuses. The world heard with amusement a plane carrying over $3 million would land in Brazil to settle the arrears. As the world chuckled, the worst was to come. Muntari and Boateng were chucked out of the Ghana squad due to alleged indiscipline,” he recollected.

“Could my own Chipolopolo [Zambia] have done better had they qualified over Ghana? In terms of working out bonuses in advance, however meagre, that would have been done before the tournament. The Zambian footballers would have played on without fuss and addressed the issues of money later.”

“To be honest, some of the players Ghana possessed were as good as anybody with the likes Gyan, KP Boateng, Ayew brothers [Andre and Jordan], Kwadwo Asamoah, Atsu, Muntari, Mensah, and Essien were stellar names forming the Black Stars backbone but indiscipline halted the team’s dreams.”

Chibulu admitted that the only achievement by Ghana at the Mundial was the record captain Gyan equaled and bettered to become Africa’s all-time top scorer at the global showpiece.

Do you think the Zambian journalist is right? Could Zambia have done better than Ghana at the World Cup? Make your views known in the box below:


This article has 24 comment(s), give your comment
  • Adukro says:
    July 12, 2014 03:09 am
    Matthew 7:4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
  • texas says:
    July 12, 2014 02:16 am
    Hahaha....I can't believe this! Zombie people are talking trash about what? Even in our worst times the zombie people should not compare themselves to us. No matter what people say about Ghana's performance in Brazil, Ghana made history. First of all for two consecutive world cups, two players with Ghanaian roots played for different national teams and they played against themselves - Jerome Boateng for Germany and Kevin Boateng for Ghana at 2010 and 2014. Secondary, four players with Ghanaian roots played for four different countries - Jerome Boateng for Germany, Danny Welbeck for England, super Mario for Italy, and Memphis DuPay for Netherlands. Zombie people from the zombie land Zambia please shut the **** up!
  • benito says:
    July 12, 2014 12:50 am
    If Zambia wants to qualify for the world cup'they should learn how to organise to trips when playing away 'I don't think they could have drawn in a single game at the world cup' apuuu!!!!
  • Jay says:
    July 11, 2014 11:16 pm
    I sometimes wonder if people do self check before they get up to criticise their neighbour.We're in cyber age where whatever yo do in your hamlet is widely open for rest of the world to see and hear.Zambian soccerman am really amazed at how fast you can attack somebody without any provocation.have you forgotten how your former President Fredrick Chiluba during his term travelled outside the Copperland(Zambia) with money stashed in his presidential jet and distributed it to the people he visited like Robin Hood.The state tried him at the competent law court for the whole world to see.Give me a break my brother.
  • oryaar says:
    July 11, 2014 11:14 pm
    I think the Zambians journalists should keep quite because they were having what is it to qualified but they failed so they should not say could have done better than us. It was because of how didn't handle money matters well that the down fall of our wc dreams
  • Pinkus says:
    July 11, 2014 10:40 pm
    The Zambian is damn right and I agree with him. In life, sometimes you need an independent mind to tell you the truth. Bravo Zambian journalist!
  • One Bullet! says:
    July 11, 2014 03:30 pm
    Ghana soccer skill are immense,but Zambia are better organised,starting from the federation to the team itself.The pre-Madonna status problem always will haunt the BS.For that reason Zambia could have done much better the BS.
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    July 11, 2014 03:52 pm
    Well said One Bullet. Ghana has the talent, but they are cocky and that is why they failed to do well at this World cup. Look at redlips Sulley Muntari, grabs money from poor Ghanaians taxpayers and then goes in the streets of Brazil and start throwing the money to Brazilians who are better off than most poor Ghanaians. This is a problem with us African, we want to show off to outsiders that we are this and that, when in actual sense we have more problems in our own Africa. Don't get me wrong the gesture was nice, but I would have been more happier if he did that to the street kids in Ghana or any African country. Non of these Brazil rich players through money or invested in Africa when they came in 2010, so that was damn for a famous person who in my opinion was seeking attention or just being a "Pre-Madonna" as Bullet said above.
  • spellBOUND says:
    July 11, 2014 04:19 pm
    masa soccerman, don't confuse confidence with being cocky. when it comes to management, FAZ "could" have done better, but thats only half the story... on the pitch is a different matter. i have read a few articles on zamfoot regarding poor planing so don't come here acting all high and mighty. who told you that brazillians are better off that most ghanians? dig deeper and stop characterizing a country as being well off just by looking at their new stadiums or what u see on tv. with regards to muntari, r u one of those tunnel vision fools who considers the world a better place as long u and ur family get food to eat? who ever has a problem with what muntari did does not have a heart... i did not read any comments from u regarding muntari paying for a ghanian kids operation yesterday... where were u at? again dig deeper my friend.
  • zongo says:
    July 11, 2014 04:31 pm
    its prima donna homie
  • banger says:
    July 11, 2014 04:41 pm
  • cofie says:
    July 11, 2014 04:44 pm
    Well, if you want to show how good you can be at the world cup, quarlify next time. But pray you dont meet Ghana at the quarlifying rounds again. otherwise, your world cup hopes will still remain dreams
  • OGYA says:
    July 11, 2014 04:53 pm
    Blame that uneducated idiot Akwesi Appiah from Brong Ahafo. What a moron, just don't even want to see the sight of him as the face of Ghana football. Its a disgrace.
  • selfmade says:
    July 11, 2014 05:13 pm
    Fax is more organized? Lol .. The most disoragnised football oragnisation in Africa is faz and I want any Zambian to debate me on this!
  • milky says:
    July 11, 2014 05:47 pm
    Hahah good point cofie! Zambia should shut up! We qualified and we can do whatever we want. Zambia didn't pay us or give us their qualification pass to make it to the world cup. Zambia you want to do well, qualify next time. For now shut up and make it to the final round of the qualifying series and then you can talk. But still Ghana fucked up and all those morons in the helm of affairs have to go.
  • Kweku says:
    July 11, 2014 05:48 pm
    Wow this y3y3 Zambians r skin pain papa n very very stupid if u want to play in the world cup just qualify urself n stop this childish talk. Building castles in the air. Gyimiiii
  • body says:
    July 11, 2014 07:36 pm
    Faz better planner my foot.we all saw their planning during the return leg match in kumasi and how they ended up trainning at car park.
  • princeali says:
    July 11, 2014 08:29 pm
    Let these zambians leave us alone, if you would have done better you should have qualify ahead of us, if you are jealous spit it and stop the false confidence, let your under 20s go to the world cups first, or under 17s, before you dream of the senior world cup, hahaha, jealousy go kill u zambians papa how many zambians have played champions league football, not even up to ten comot for there, we are fixing our problems , face yours and qualify to the world cup, jealousy go kill papa.
  • afrikaba1 says:
    July 11, 2014 09:38 pm
    I am sorry but Zambia could not plan their visit to Ghana and later tried to blame everybody. You could not organise a trip for a one-off game in Africa, how can you convince us that you could do better planning for 3 games all the way in Brazil.
  • Mulenga says:
    July 12, 2014 04:11 am
    Zambians should have topped the group .We were better than them thus we qualified.They should do better next time so they represent Africa.The journalist should shut up and think of how they can make it in 2018.....
  • one time says:
    July 12, 2014 05:25 am
    Truth pains.I just want to remind Ghananians that we had beaten them during Africa cup 2012,we had beaten them wen thy came homa at levy mwanawasa stadium.In fear that thy would be humiliated in thr backyard ,thy denied th chipolopolo the ryt to land in kumasi even dennyng them a chance to hv training in thr stadia,if u claim to be beter than zambia,why wr u humiliated at the africa cup & at home,why did mistreated us in Ghana? Nowanda we lost bcoz of yo juju & monky tricks.shame on u
  • Philosopha says:
    July 12, 2014 09:07 am
    @zambia soccerman Sulley got his own charity organisation in Ghana already. So what he did was not showing off. I think you wish he was a Zambian or you are simply jealous.
  • mancarlinton says:
    July 12, 2014 10:02 am
    Ghana's qualification to the mundial was splendid, her preparation and for the final showdown was shambolic and awful but as to whether our African friends and brothers Zambia coulz have performed better than Ghana is baseless and uncouth.
  • mancarlinton says:
    July 12, 2014 10:04 am
    Ghana's qualification to the mundial was splendid, her preparation for the final showdown was shambolic and awful but as to whether our African friends and brothers Zambia could have performed better than Ghana is baseless and uncouth.