H.E George Ayisi Boateng writes: Black Stars’ Imminent “Disqualification” For Russia, Who Causam

I’m not in Kumasi to have watched the Black Stars and D.R Congo match played today. But I watched it on Television, courtesy, South Africa’s DSTV network.

Hmmm ! I couldn’t believe my eyes when our little, little Stars had to trail, 1(one) nil till the 86th minutes of play that Thomas Amartey hit the Congolese’s back of the net. But this “face-saving goal”, nonetheless takes the Black Stars nowhere near Russia in 2018

Watching the match from afar (South Africa), I was not enthused by “the body-language” of some of our players., at all. Some of them, in my view, played as if there was nothing at stake. They played not in “the real styles of the Black Stars we know of”, was a commentary from a fellow Ghanaian, residing over here for sometime before I got here.

We argued over this comments and the drawn-game after play-time, for a while.
My friend made a lot of conjectures, allusions to the extent that”some people in the GFA are sabotaging Coach Kwasi Appiah and NPP government; they’re doing everything to prove a point that Coach Kwasi Appiah can’t handle the Black Stars”. I didn’t agree with him.

I sat down quietly to think through my friend’s comments after he had left for his home. I listened to other comments by Journalists who covered the match , through various networks (Radio and Television networks). Every reported seemed amazed, very surprised at the performance of our players on the field of play.

Well, since the Vice President, Dr Bawumia, was in the Kumasi Sports Stadium’s V.I.P. Stand to watch the match himself, he would have a more thorough appraisal of the match. And the Minister of Youth and Sports, I think, he has his own analysis to make ; perhaps a different opinion, far from my friend’s”conjectures and allusions”

I wouldn’t know how majority of Ghanaian football-lovers would feel about this match.
Some so-called football experts would instantly call for the sack of Coach Kwasi Appiah. But I wouldn’t think that would be a good advice. Rather, I would love to see Coach Kwasi Appiah giving more time to train our local Black Stars, instead of always going out scouting for players for every match.
This, “Fre, Fre-Kobo” strategy for our national team is not working and won’t work, please.