There’s always a saying that goes “do not judge an act by its first performance “. Meaning you could be surprised if you only limit yourself to a first-time performance after you see the later one. It could also mean that subsequent performances could almost certainly confirm your initial thoughts.
Such has been the case of the current under-20 football team of Ghana, the Black Satellites. When this particular team, head by Jimmy Cobblah, started preparing for the African Youth Championship, we were all witnesses to the poor display of the players and technical ignorance of the whole team. Most people, just like myself, thought perhaps, they were going to improve in subsequent preparatory games. Those games came and it looked almost certain that the team wouldn’t be able to emulate the glory days in 2009 when we won the African Championship and the world cup. Most journalists shared their concerns just as the people also did. But in this country, when journalist identify the wrongs and point them out, you’re asked: “Which coaching course did you ever take?”
It was clear that this current junior team of Ghana was built on poor foundations. We cannot tell where exactly the fault is, but once it has failed woefully, we know for sure that there’s a huge problem somewhere.
Ghana has been knocked out of the under 20 African championships after losing two group games. They have also failed to qualify for the under 20 FIFA world cup to be held in Poland later this year.
Once the Champions of world youth football, are we failing as a country to get strong flag bearers for our country? Is it that talent is getting scarce or those who select the players are not searching well? Or is it that the coaches we are getting now, aren’t as good as the ones we used to have?
Until all these questions are given answers and rectified, we are not likely to glory anytime soon.