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31.05.2006 Sports News

Fans Warm Up To Doya

By Daily Graphic
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Critics of Coach Ratomir Dujkovic are suddenly lending him their support after the Black Stars' 4-1 drubbing of the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica.

Until last Monday's massive win at the Walkers Stadium at Leicester, England, most of his critics had written off the Stars as being capable of making any impact at their maiden appearance among the world's soccer elite.

A cross-section of fans the Daily Graphic interviewed have surprisingly toned down their language, although they are aware of the coach's alleged recent comment on black Africans whom he described as indisciplined.

The coach threatened in an interview with the German tabloid, The Bild, to quit his job after the mundial and described Ghanaians as people who talk too much.

The reactions that followed were amazing as some even decided to vent their spleen on him, insisting that his services be should dispensed with.

But moments after Sulley Muntari's half-volley strike, a brace by skipper Stephen Appiah and one by Mathew Amoah, the mood among Ghanaians has changed.

The last time Ghana put up such a vintage performance was during the final match in the qualifiers against Cape Verde where they mauled their opponents 4-0.

Some, though, have expressed caution and would only be certain about the Stars' chances after Sunday's friendly with South Korea in Scotland.

The Black Stars campaign ahead of the World Cup has been uninspiring, drawing 1-1 with German side Stuttgart and Turkey respectively and losing 3-1 to French side Nice.

The last two matches - against Turkey and the Raggae Boyz- were the matches that Dujkovic assembled his probable eleven, including Appiah and Michael Essien.