As the dust settles on Ghana’s failed attempt to qualify for the African Nations Championship, there has been one name at the receiving end of all the bashing.
Maxwell Konadu has not been spared by fans and journalists alike for the role he played in Ghana’s dismal showing against the local Stallions two years after being eliminated by Ivory Coast at the same stage.
Call-ups characterized by favouritism, lack of a natural holding midfielder as well as ditching players who had been in camp for the most part of three months have dominated all the talk.
Konadu himself has refused to throw in the towel stating categorically that he is not a quitter and management committee chairman of the Black Stars “B” has jumped to his defence.
For Eddie Doku, the criticism should not go beyond Konadu because he was not the main man in charge.
“I think we need to be very clear with ourselves. I have said it that Maxwell Konadu is not in charge of the Blackstar B,” he told Joy Sports.
“Coach Kwesi Appiah is 100% in charge of the Blackstar B, let that be put on record. So it will not be fair for Ghanaians. I am not saying we should blame Kwesi Appiah for this thing but it will not be fair for anyone to go beyond the substantive to blame the assistant.”
Despite shielding Konadu, the Greater Accra Regional Football Association chairman was adamant the result will have a huge bearing on football stakeholders.
“It will affect anybody, even I am affected as I sit here and I believe that with your love for the Black Stars, you are also affected.”
“What about the actors themselves on the field? It will also affect them. Immediately after the match, we tried to do some work on them and I believe that we need others to work on the team so we will be ready.”
The team has a chance to make amends in the WAFU Cup.