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11.03.2009 Football News

The Stars` CHAN debacleNa who cause am?

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

The maxim that “Success has many friends” fittingly describes how Ghanaians rooted for the local Black Stars when the tough got going.

Their shaky start to the inaugural championship by drawing two successive games at the Group stages confirmed the doubts of many soccer fans.

Many where those who gave up on the team and started calling for the head of the coach. Amazingly, the Stars' 3-0 trouncing of the DR Congo reversed the negative perception people had about the team and rather generated intense support from the fans.

All of a sudden, the superlative performance endeared them to Ghanaian fans and the outside world as well. They flew on the wings of the 3-0 victory but only managed a 7-6 dramatic spot kick against Senegal at the penultimate stage of the eight-nation competition.

Expectations among the sport's bookmakers for Ghana to lift the 'Virgin' trophy had reached roof-top level, and in many tabloids and headlines, Ghana was referred to as the pre match favourites.

The reverse did happen, and at the end of 93minutes, Ghana had played second fiddle to a side that it had walloped 3-0 at the Group stages.

And the blame game has began, with some attributing the team's failure to a halfhearted approach, while others have laid the blame at the door step of the technical handlers.

For this writer, we got it all wrong from the word go as a result of the lack of adequate training, poor player selection and off the cuff preparations contributed to the team's failure to lift the inaugural silverware.

The team did not throw in its utmost capabilities in a competition we could have won hands down, yet we expected so much from the team when we realized that victory was in sight.

“Me and my big mouth's” worry is that if Hearts of Oak's midfield ace Obed Ansah (top scorer in the current league) and Asante Kotoko's Alex Asamoah, one of the finest scorers, how come they were not part of the team?.