Clubs in the Ghana land is wishing the qualification of the Black Stars goodluck. But the real issues on the grounds has got to do with much anticipated partial call up the coach made. The Black Stars show nothing convincing that they are a formidable side to thrash any difficult team that comes their way. In some time ago, there were only local players training with the Black Stars set up. That was the instance where the love for the national team was coming back but was later denied due the late call up of foreign players, who took over the entire team of the match to play for qualification to the competition proper. Ghana still top the table in Group C despite the defeat but now sit tied on nine points with South Africa. Sudan occupy the third position with six points, while Sao Tome and Principe sit bottom of the standings, having lost all four games played this far. Ghana, four-time African champions, will have to wait until next Match to possibly secure their Afcon 2022 qualification as the series is set to take a four-month break. In their next game, the Black Stars will play away to South Africa in a top-of-the-table clash before wrapping up the qualifying campaign with a home tie against Sao Tome and Principe.
Fresh from registering a 2-0 home triumph in a Group C matchday three clash on Thursday, CK Akonnor's outfit were stung in the reverse fixture in Omdurman as Mohamed Abdelrahman scored in the second minute of injury time to secure all three points for his side.
The defeat at the Al Hilal Stadium has delayed Ghana's qualification for the final tournament in Cameroon. A win or a draw would have confirmed the Black Stars' place at the continental gathering. For the first time in a long while, three players in the Ghana squad ply their trade in the national second-tier league. “I think we have to be fair in giving opportunities to deserving players. I don’t think concentrating on only Premier League players would be enough and I must admit that I have been impressed with them," Akonnor explained. The Black Stars set-up is expected to be boosted by some foreign-based players ahead of the March 28 games in Group C but there are currently concerns about their release. With a few weeks to the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the head coach of the Ghana Black Stars Kwesi Appiah surprised the nation by naming Dede Ayew as the team’s new captain. This looked like a demotion for the previous captain, Asamoah Gyan, who had been the team’s captain and leading striker for years.
Gyan immediately announced his permanent retirement from the national team, citing the captaincy situation as the reason. President Nana Akufo-Addo surprised the nation when he intervened and persuaded Gyan to rescind his decision and facilitated a “compromise” which involved Ayew being maintained as captain and Asamoah Gyan being named “General Captain.” Some Ghanaians remarked that they wished that the president had prioritized responding to floods and kidnappings over football.
The difference in the competition has turn out to lies in the eyes of Ghanaian. Because the presence of Hearts of Oak's agitation has become fruitful to their supporters as the players of the club was called for the matches in the friendly match. In the call up the coach made lately considered the three players of Hearts and tried calling only the players from Kotoko to participate in the qualifying campaign to AFCON. The spokesperrson for AshantiGold FC club in the name of Sister Afia Amponsah has also lambasted C.K. Akonnor for making this abysmal call up and wish the team bad luck to return with disgrace from the tournament. This drama was the latest in what seems like a never-ending series of controversies involving the Black Stars and was received as an omen of another dramatic and ultimately disappointing tournament. The team has often been a unifying symbol of hope, but waves of disenchantment stemming from the corruption scandals involving the Ghana Football Association and disappointing results are threatening this. The Black Stars are beginning to feel like yet another failing state institution. If there were a moment this disenchantment began, it would be on 26th June 2014. The Black Stars’ players had publicly threatened to boycott the World Cup if they were not paid their agreed fees, so the government loaded up a plane with US$3 million in cash and flew it to Brazil to pay them. Many Ghanaians understood why the Black Stars demanded their bonuses in hard cash before the end of the tournament.
Our governments have been notoriously slow in paying debts, whether to the teachers and junior doctors who sometimes go up to 18 months before they receive a pesewa in salaries or to the contractors who construct roads and have to wait years to be paid.
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