Football analyst, Nana Agyemang has criticized handlers of the country’s national teams for not setting “correct targets” with actionable plans to win laurels for the nation.
Nana Agyemang said the handlers of the teams seemed content with setting short term targets and playing to satisfy supporters instead of strategizing to win trophies.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Wednesday, Nana Agyemang said while European countries strategize to win the ultimate, Ghana’s plans have always been to gain sympathies and to “do well”.
“What do you go to the World Cup to do; to do well? What do we go to the African Cup to do; to do well? What do you play international tournaments for; to do well? Well, in Ghana we only go to do well and we are happy to do well,” he lamented.
“That we did well is what is killing Ghana football,” he said, stressing, “because we are not looking long term enough, it means we can’t plan effectively and efficiently”.
As a result, ministers and politicians make empty statements that “we are going to win the cup” but there are no plans to be followed to make that a reality, he said.
He said the plan for Ghana – should the Black Stars qualify to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – must be to win the World Cup and not to get to the semi final to say “we are the first African country to reach the semi final” of that competition.
Meanwhile, football analyst and editor for footy-ghana.com, Christopher Opoku is concerned at the decision by the Ghana Football Association to accept requests for the Black Stars to play in friendly matches against Asian and European countries when the team has a crucial play-off game against an African opposition to make it to the 2014 World Cup.
Ghana played Japan in a friendly match on Tuesday and lost by 1:3. There are also plans for the team to play Italy next month in London before the first leg of the play-offs with a yet to be determined opponent.
But Christopher Opoku is of the view that, these games will have little bearing on the play-off games since the teams are from different regions with different styles of playing.
He also suggests that star players Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari must be made to start their games from the bench and use their experience as well as expertise to make positive impact on the team.
The former Head of Sports at Metro TV appealed to the Coach of the Black Stars, Kwasi Appiah to stick to the rules of fielding players who are guaranteed regular playing time in the clubs.