Veteran Ghanaian football coach, Joseph Emmanuel Sarpong has disclosed that Ghana Football is suffering from epilepsy after witnessing the exit of Black Meteors from CAF U-23 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Ghana despite a brilliant start to the campaign in Morocco, exhibiting high standard of football with a 3-2 triumph over Congo Brazzaville fell short against host nation Morocco by succumbing to a 5-1 defeat before letting go off a huge opportunity against Guinea.
The Black Meteors could have booked qualification from the Group stage but gave away a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 with Guinea, denying them a slot to the semis.
Their exit adds to several records of Kurt Okraku’s led administration since 2019, with the Black Stars, Black Meteors, CHAN team (local Black Stars) and Black Queens all failing to impress at tournaments.
The youth teams are not left out of the disappointing results.
Putting all these together, former Asante Kotoko SC and Ebusua Dwarfs gaffer J.E Sarpong says the state of Ghana Football is suffering from epilepsy and needs to be tackled from the basics.
“I don’t really know whether every tournament Ghana goes, its being backed by history. This is not the first time Ghana has gone to a tournament and exited the group stage”
“If you start the calculation from 2019 coming, every tournament we participate, we exit from the Group stage. Ghana is not moving forward as far as football is concerned, it’s sad. We have talent but talent alone is not enough to win trophies”, he told Alex Kobina Stonne on Adom FM sports show.
“We don’t do correct call-ups to our various national teams, always inviting players abroad who is not even doing well.
“Ghana Football is EPILEPTIC, the game keeps falling and when it does that, we survive it with water without checking the exact cause of it falling. Ghana needs to go back to basics and look at the formation of it and build from there”, Sarpong stated.
“But we’re always looking for trophies without looking out for the basics.
“You need to work for success, not just get up one day to say you want to win a major trophy, always misusing public funds”.
Ghana were in quest to secure qualification to next year’s Olympic Games in Paris, France but fell short. They finished their group with four points.
The last time the Black Meteors played in the Olympic Games was in 2004 in Athens in Greece.
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