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Ghanaians to a person do not need anybody to tell them that our ship taking us to the World Cup in Russia, has hit a huge snag. The way to the competition is now dark to the extent that nobody could see the TARGET!

But like the Ghanaians that we ate, we are very hopeful. I mean we are so hopeful to the extent that the moment Uganda beat Egypt, we were talking about qualification notwithstanding the point’s difference.

But alas at the end of the day, we could only salvage a face saving draw. All the so-called stars could not come to the party. Why we continue to call up players that are off colour and look to a clueless coach without charisma, beats the imagination.

Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah

Let it not be lost on anyone that Ghanaian has been to three consecutive world cups in Germany, South Africa and Brazil in recent times.

The question is what rewards did the country reap from her appearance at those fiestas? That the players earned a lot of money which they have been flaunting around could be attested to by all but what about the country?

How come that all the financial benefits from the appearance at the fiestas cannot be accounted for? Couldn’t we have used some of the money earned to have maintained our stadia? How come that the Essupon stadium in Sekondi is rotting and even the WAFU competition cannot be held there?

How can the organisation of foot

National Flag with a proud Ghanaian face in the background

ball of a country that almost made it to the semifinals of 2014 world cup in SA be in such distress? The local league has even not had a sponsor for two seasons and the stadia are near empty on match days. Locally based players are not paid well with some receiving as low as GHs 400.00 a month. Premier clubs do not have stadiums of their own. The clubs evens struggle to take part in the Champions League. Something is definitely wrong with our football!

I ask once again what happened to all the money that accrued from the qualification and participation in the mundial on three consecutive occasions. The Prampam School of Excellence is about the only thing worthwhile that we could point to. But even then, I have my doubts as to whether the money came from the Stars’ participation in the world cup.

For the past decade, the only good thing about Ghana football has been the Black Stars. As things stand now, the fortunes of the Stars have so dipped that there’s nothing to point to. The last time Ghana annexed the African Cup of nations was over three decades. The nation can no longer pride herself as being among the best teams of the continent. Ghana football simply put, is in dire straits!

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