Black Stars players must up their game… Agyemang Badu cautions

Former Ghana international, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is demanding more from players invited to play for the Black Stars in the World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars succumbed to a 1-0 defeat away to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday.

The defeat has led to calls questioning the quality of the players in the team as well as the technical team headed byCoach Charles Kwabla Akonnor.

The South Africa defeat was preceded by a 1-0 win over Ethiopia in Cape Coast.

Despite the win secured by Wakaso Mubarak, the performances from the two games were nothing to write home about.

The former Udinese midfielder who played in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with the Black Stars believes that the team’s name should inspire confidence in the players to strive to deliver.

He told Ahomka FM that “The current Black Stars players should up their game a bit and they should know the difference between national team and club.”

“For qualifiers, you might go and play on a bad pitch but one needs to adjust to the condition and make sure you bring out your best.”

In his view, what the team churn out in the last two game was spiritless but believes conditions that surrounded the two games made it difficult for Coach Akonnor who had his top players missing the South African game due to Covid-19 related challenges.

“I believe they will bounce back strongly from those two performances to better their chances of qualification and win back the support and confidence of the fans.

Agyeman Badu retired from the national team after making 76 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

He scored the last goal in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt as the Black Satellites won the tournament through the penalty shootout.

Ghana face Zimbabwe in a doubleheader in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in October. –Ghanasoccernet

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