‘Against fans’ jubilate over Stars’ defeat

pele jpA LARGE number of Ghanaians do not only seem apathetic to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea, but they turned out to support Senegal against the Black Stars in the Group C opener on Monday.

The Stars slumped 1-2 to the Terenga Lions on an evening that Ghana failed to gleam.

Reports reaching the Times Sports suggest that a decent number of fans in Accra went into raptures over the Stars’ defeat on Monday – to the disbelief and chagrin of others.

Shouts of praise for Senegal were reportedly on the lips of Ghanaians in parts of Accra suburbs – Nungua, Teshie, La and Osu.

Forty-two-year-old fan, Kwame Adomako, who witnessed one of such unpatriotic scenes in Nungua, told the Times Sports yesterday that he was appalled by the behaviour of a group of Ghanaian supporters who were openly backing Senegal to beat Ghana.

“It came to me as a rude shock and I asked myself what’s really happening to Ghanaians? Have we lost our sense of patriotism?,” he queried.

Support for the Black Stars slackened after the team’s insipid performance at the Brazil 2014 World Cup where they finished last at the group stage.

Again, issues over the team’s AFCON bonuses also seem to be making matters worse. The Stars will receive $10,000 for every game played at the tournament – irrespective of the result.

The figure represents double of what was originally approved by the Youth and Sports Ministry led by Mahama Ayariga.

“Why this kind of arrangement? No matter what explanation they give us, we would never understand it. If you pay the player even if he loses, do you expect him to play with urgency if his team is down,?” a 51-year-old trader at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, wondered.

Indeed, ahead of the Ghana-Senegal tie on Monday, one hardly saw anybody clad in the replica jerseys of the Stars – as it was in the case during the South Africa Cup of Nations two years ago.

So what can turn this regrettable trend around? This is one question on the lips of concerned fans.

For Godfred Atsu Savordzie (GAS), a professional plumbing contractor, who is a Black Stars fanatic, said the team must do well to win their remaining games against Algeria and South Africa “and they could be lucky to win back the fans.”

“I’m sorry the drift might not change if the team continues to perform abysmally,” he added.

By John Vigah

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