Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ghana in Mourning...Over the Black Stars

I have never been a football pundit, and I do not profess to be one at any time soon.

But, in all honesty, the monumental cock-up displayed by my country’s national team – the Black Stars – donning ominous black attire for the fateful game that saw them being whipped by two goals to one by the Zimbabwean team two days ago, has to be the greatest expression of bad football I have seen in a long time.

At least, that is the general (national) consensus, coming from the pundits.

Another school of thought is saying that the fact that few of the very good players –- an injured Stephen Appiah was there, fine – being there (notably Chelsea’s Michael Essien; Sulley Montarey(sp); Laryea Kingston (who earned a four-match ban during the Senegal-Ghana game last week); to name but three) were present was sufficient to warrant such a failure, sending our boys back home with their tails between their legs.

Having a BMW, and $18,000 spare cash waiting quietly from the qualification to the World Cup a few months back is not bad, though;-)

Whatever the case may be a substantial number of pundits and non-pundits alike are calling for the head of the Serbian coach Djukovic.

Perhaps presaged this when it wrote in the January edition: “Ghana has never won the cup with an expatriate coach”.

Serious mental pabulum!
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