Black Stars need players used to Africa terrain – Duncan

Ex Hearts and Kotoko Coach, David Duncan has attributed Ghana’s AFCON drought the lack of experience of the Black Stars on the African terrain.

Duncan, who started his elite football career with a stint with Accra Great Olympics, said the generation of players that form the Black Stars are European based and lacks the needed experience on the African terrain where the game are very tough and physical.

Speaking to Angel TV Sports, the veteran coach said the players that won the African Cup of Nations in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982 had the experience in playing on the continent as they were very familiar with the terrain and were also playing in their comfort zones.

“We have problems with transitions in our national teams. Nobody is putting in place measures, policies, infrastructure and structures that would help to develop Ghana football. Look, winning the AFCON in the 1970s was very easy because the players had leaders in the team.”

“They had the experience in Africa and were playing in their comfort zones, but you can’t say that for these current players. Although the players we have now may be good, they are playing in a different terrain; the kind of terrain that does not make winning AFCON easy.”

Playing on the continent comes with a lot of challenges which eventually toughen our players. They get used to playing among themselves and develop the physical attributes of their game but what we see now from them look more European. It is not helping our course.”

Coach David Duncan also called for the revival of the local league in order to make it more attractive.

The Black Stars will be hoping to break their AFCON title drought as the 2019 AFCON comes off in June in Egypt.


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