We pray Ghana football normalises

There is no doubt that Ghana football is going through hard times, and it is our wish and prayer that the situation gets normalised to restore good governance in football administration in the country, to get us back to winning laurels in both continental and the global tournaments.

The output of our sports, especially football has not been the same since the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil when player agitation over delay in payment of appearance fee affected team psyche.

Although a charter flight dropped their appearance fee to them, the spirit of the team had been battered and they did not go past the group stage.

The expectation was that the Black Stars would build on the success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where they almost got to the semi- finals, but for the hand of the ‘devil’ of the Uruguayan Luis Suarez, the story would have been different.

The Black Stars have since not glittered to win back the unflinching support of soccer fans. They failed to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament and their ambition to win an African cup laurel, for the first time in over three decades, in order to appease the fans, has always been illusive.

Ghana football was brought down to its knees when the ace Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyao Anas and his Tiger Eye team uncovered scandals in the football administration in Ghana, following which FIFA and Ghana government agreed to set up a Normalisation Committee to run football for six months and return the country’s football back to normalcy, election of new football administrators.

Consequently, the nation was granted the right to organise the African Women Cup of Nations after the initial speculations that Ghana might be stripped of the right to host the tournament by the Confederation of Africa Football, in view of the acts of corruption against football administrators in the country in the Number 12 exposure.

And when the green light was given  for the tournament to go ahead, it was the expectation that the women national team, the Black Queens,  would rise up to the occasion when it mattered most to “host and win.”

But that was not to be: they failed to go pass the group stage as they drew one all with the Indomitable Lionesses on Friday, at the Accra Sports Stadium. The result is the early exit of the team from the competition.

The expectations on “host and win” were very high. But the reality on the ground is that in the era of “normalisation” we should manage our expectations and be prepared for the worst, till the situation is normalised.

The early exit of the Black Queens should send a very strong signal that there is a lot of work to be done to get the country back to it elite status in African football.

It is our fervent hope that the government and FIFA would continue to give football the necessary support to enable the Normalisation Committee to work harder to return Ghana football back to normalcy.

We do not expect them to repeat the mistakes of the past. Already, the early exit of the Black Queens from the competition has triggered some reactions from football fans about some bad decisions that affected the team.

Though the Black Stars are on the brink of qualifying for the 2019 AFCON to be held in Cameroon, things are still not normal with the team. For now, it looks like it is only normal with the Black Maidens who are glittering at the FIFA under 17 Female World Cup in Uruguay.

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