Amidst mounting concerns over the performance of Ghana’s national football team, the Black Stars, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has voiced his skepticism about the effectiveness of sacking of coaches as a solution to the team’s problems.
Following the team’s disappointing performance in the 2023 AFCON, where they exited without a single win, including a loss to Cape Verde and draws against Egypt and Mozambique, Head Coach Chris Hughton was swiftly dismissed, alongside the dissolution of the technical team.
However, Bagbin contends that such actions fail to address the underlying issues plaguing Ghana’s football. With the Black Stars’ premature exit from both the 2023 AFCON and the previous edition held in Cameroon, Bagbin emphasizes the necessity for a comprehensive strategy aimed at tackling the myriad challenges confronting Ghana’s football landscape.
“The Black Stars and their handlers must know that they represent more than just a football team they are a symbol of our national pride, cohesion, and resilience,” Bagbin said.
“They must therefore endeavour to rise from the ashes of these setbacks and demonstrate to the world the true power of Ghana’s football. It is high time we huddle together to discuss the current state of Ghana’s football and consider a comprehensive strategy for the future.
“Sacking of coaches is not the panacea of the challenges we must evaluate our football infrastructure, youth development programs, coaching standards and, and administrative structures to identify areas for improvement.
“Our national teams should represent the breath and diversity of Ghana’s football talent Ghanaians must invest in a holistic and sustainable development of sports and culture Parliament will appreciate an opportunity to work with other stakeholders towards this common goal,”