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Who And What is Behind The Falling Standard of Ghanaian Football?

Shambolic, horrible, bizarre, crazy, awful, shameful, uninspiring, all in one in Algeria. Hearts of Oak have conceded 10 goals in two outings to North Africa. What's the cause? What has gone wrong? What are we not doing right? It's a terrible and massive concern for the Phobia fraternity but it should be similar to Ghanaian football in toto. 

We have been hiding behind the 4 Africa Cup Of Nations triumphs and the 3 FIFA Word Cups we have participated in for a very long time. Flashback to our better football years: 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982. These are our golden years in the Africa Cup of nations. We lifted the trophy each of the aforementioned years. We have finished as runners up on 5 good occasions (1968,1970,1992,2010,2015) which is a record. We were too good in Germany 2006 FIFA World cup. 2010 was a huge upgrade compared to the 2006 performance. Simply put, we were amazing. We were brutally bizarre in Brazil in 2014. In 2009, our U-20 team became the first and only African country to lift the FIFA U-20 world cup in Egypt. 

Our club football used to be beautiful and awe-inspiring. Kotoko thrashed Zamalek 5-1 in 1987 at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Hearts' wonderful treble-winning season in 2000 was excellent. The maiden edition of the now CAF Confederations cup in 2004 grand final was played between our two most glamorous clubs. Both topped their groups. These successes have killed us in some way. We have been bragging about these achievements forgetting to do the needed. Our president pleaded with corporate Ghana to financially support the Black Stars ahead of the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and the 2022 FIFA World cup in Qatar. A whopping 💲25 million was budgeted. The government said it could only afford💲10 million wishing that Corporate Ghana will generate the 💲15 million. 

Why should we spend such a huge amount on just the Black Stars at the expense of our extremely poor league? Can a so-called football nation make the same mistakes over and over and over again? The Hearts of Oak rout in North Africa should be a wake-up call for our football supervisors. All the stakeholders must join forces and specify all the problems bedevilling our game and find a permanent antidote to it. The last time any Ghanaian club played in the money zone of the CAF Champions League was in 2012 by Berekum Chelsea and finished 1 point behind TP Mazembe who finished second in the group. Since the turn of the 21st century, we have had only 3 appearances in the money zone of the CAF Champions League and neither Hearts Of Oak, Asante Kotoko nor Berekum Chelsea were able to qualify from their respective groups. We are almost at the stage whereby our top clubs can be beaten and beaten easily by any club from North Africa. Who and what is behind the falling standard of Ghanaian football?. 

The statistics behind our club football for the last two decades is very shameful. We need to conduct a root and branch review of our football. From the juvenile, academies, Premier League, Division 1, Division 2, Women football and all our national teams. I know it will get worse if nothing is done to stop the free fall. We have to quickly wrestle the slump before it gets naughty.

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