Very interesting revelations from Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic on the main reason why the Black Stars failed to win the AFCON are emerging. According to Stevanovic, the heavy use of ‘juju’ greatly affected the team during the tournament.
Ghana along with the Ivory Coast and Senegal was one of the favourites who were hotly tipped to win the AFCON, however, a shock quarter final defeat to Zambia ended their hopes of winning a fifth title and first since 1982.
In his final statement of his technical report of the tournament, Stevanovic admitted that the African continental showpiece revealed a lot about African football including the use of black magic by some of his players.
Here are a few leaked excerpts from Stevanovic’s report.
“After losing to Zambia, there arose so many accusations amongst the players during my meeting with them. I have learnt great lessons from African football and also about Ghanaian players’ behaviour on and off the field.”
“We all need to help in changing some players mentality about using black power to destroy themselves and also make sure we install discipline and respect for each other,” the report stated in part.
I highly doubt whether Stevanovic would make any of this up especially after watching all of Ghana’s matches. I I am of the opinion that where this is smoke, there has to be fire, no matter how small it might be.
Seeing that he was going to lose his job anyway (though he hasn’t) Stevanovic might have chosen to reveal this shocking occurrences as a way to save face and probably gain public sympathy.
Of course, this is a huge blow to the Ghana FA and the players in particular. The negative publicity is expected to heavily weigh on the image of the game in Ghana and the players’ career with a majority of them being relatively young and looking to play for some of the biggest clubs.
It remains to be seen what action the Ghana FA, CAF and FIFA will take on these allegations, however, one thing is for sure, this is not good news for African football and the sport at large.
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