“GFA should manage their golden generation and communication around them” – Ghanaian Journalist Alex Kobina Stonne

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Alex Kobina Stonne of Multimedia fame, has urged the Ghana Football Association to outline their expectations on the various national teams than always going into a tournament with aim to win when actually it can’t be. 

He wants the Association to communicate to the public their plan for every golden generation they breed.

The West African Country is yet to win any major trophy with the under 17, since 1998. However, have won the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in 2009 after beating Brazil in the finals held in Egypt.

The most worrying expect is the senior national team, Black Stars. Ghana is edging close their 40th year when they last won a recognised trophy. They won the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations to mark their fourth and is yet to break the jinx nevertheless, have failed to put better plans and structures in place.

The four-time African champions have appeared in the FIFA World Cup four occasions with their best of performance, coming in 2010 were they reached the quarter-finals.

Since, then alot has happened to the Black Stars who failed to win the 2015 African Cup of Nations tournament despite two penalty kicks advantage over Ivory Coast.

Consistent failure coupled with lack of planning has seen Ghana tagged a toothless bull dog and a sleeping giants in Africa Football.

In 2022 they failed to impress at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and likewise Qatar FIFA World Cup, were they could not progress from Group H with one win.

Asempa FM Sports presenter Alex Kobina Stonne wants the Ghana Football Association to minimise huge tags on coaches they appoint and reduce public expectations with good communication especially with squad announcement ahead of tournaments.

Speaking with Takoradi-based media outlet Spice FM, Stonne said; “There is no plan for the various national teams from the Ghana Football Association. Every show especially sports shows has a format and a plan to follow, so I ask what is the plan for national team?”

“Even the FA President Kurt will not be able tell us that this is there plan. Our plan is always, we have qualified for a major tournament and we are also there to participate, that’s all”

“We have seen countries who have launched projects with their generations to calm tension and high expectations in other to prepare the teams well for a tournament” Atleast, Ghana can give time to their players and and make the public know the crop of players around will need time to deliver so support should be given to the team for maybe a tournament or two to deliver”

“In that situation, it doesn’t matter what type of player they invite because it’s generational squad and with that, it will calm tension in the country”

“How a coach is announced should be well understood to reduce expectations from him. But to say, the coach is tried and tested and not “matr3 ma kw3″ definitely much will be expected from him”

“Until ExCo members inform GFA President Kurt to admit they change their style of communication and begin to be fair to the populace when it comes to the national teams. That is what Ghana as a country needs, development plan and project”

“Planning and target for a generation or golden team will surely yield results, if not we will keep on wasting task payers money and inviting old players for the national team when actually they have nothing to offer”

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