For a few years now, the national football teams, the Amavubi Stars, haven’t had the kind of success that we, the fans, had come to expect.
We’ve been sliding down the worldwide football rankings for a few years now and maybe it’s because we haven’t the kind of coach who could spin lead into gold like Rotomir Djukovic did when he took the Amavubi to the Tunisian African Cup of Nations.
In Sellas Tetteh we have a national coach who has actually done something. He was Ghana’s coach in the recently concluded Under-20 World Cup when they beat the much-heralded Brazilians beating them in the penalty shootout, unlike the last few coaches whose CV’s weren’t that impressive.
Honestly, as a football fan I think that we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot many a time. Sometimes I think that we expect too much from the national team.
During the last qualifiers I happened to watch the game against the African champions, Egypt. We lost by a solitary goal, we didn’t pay too badly, but my fellow fans acted like we’d lost terribly.
They were calling for the coach’s head and saying that the players should have been all benched. Maybe supporting the team would be better than just moaning all the time.
On the other hand however, I haven’t been seeing the national football structure being built from the ground up.
Its impossible to have a good senior team without a good youth setup. Maybe the new coach will put in place this set up because it seems to be his strong point.