Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu

Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has called on all football lovers to forgive the Black Stars for failing to qualify past the group stages in the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

According to him, the team still has an opportunity to work to redeem themselves during the World Cup qualifier match between Ghana and Nigeria.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, on Wednesday, Mr. Iddrisu said that “we have to forgive the Black Stars and move forward. You don’t cry over spilt milk, so, I think we must endeavour to find a heart of forgiveness for the Black Stars.”

While forgiving the Black Stars, he stated that “we have a major transition between now and when we will face Nigeria. The Sports Minister and the GFA should work to transition the coach between now. You don’t want us to blame you if Nigeria defeats us. We must qualify (for the world cup).”

On Tuesday, January 18, Ghana was knocked out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after losing 3-2 to Comoros.

The Black Stars needed to win the game to stand any chance of progression from Group C, but despite a late rally, fell to their second defeat of the tournament at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.  

Some players apologised to Ghanaians for the loss conceding that the Black Stars did not live up to expectation.

Ghanaian forward, Daniel Kofi Kyere, in an Instagram post, following the Black Stars’ early exit, he said that, “there is no excuse for our performance in this tournament, we have disappointed our country and the people who believed in us.”

He and other team players promised the team would do better in future matches.

Meanwhile, the Minority Leader believes that there should be extensive scouting in selecting players for the team.

He explained that the country has talents all across Europe and many of them could be brought in to play for the country.

“The Black Stars did not gel as a team because they didn’t play together as a team, that was part of our problem. Let us recover very fast and build the Black Stars as a team, explore the opportunities of those new other talents elsewhere,” Mr. Iddrisu added.

The Tamale South MP admitted that reorganising football in Ghana is a cumbersome job, especially since many have lost interest.

However, that is a task the Minister for Sports and the Ghana Football Association must take on to resolve, he added.

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