Ghana FA Boss says individual interest, disrespect caused Black Stars at Afcon 2012
Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has stated that individual interest and disrespect by theplaying body were among the factors that caused the abysmal performance of the Black Stars at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.
He said even though tactical issues were also diagnosed as part of the problems that caused the team, player related issues were also discovered as part of the factors that contributed to the failure of the team to excel at the tournament.
According to the President of the GFA, these were contained in a report examined by the Executive Committee on Wednesday, February 23 ahead of the press conference held by the football controlling body.
“We observed that some of the players played to achieve personal fame, prominence and excellence to the detriment of the entire team.
”We met the players to discuss the issues and resolve them but it was not eliminated.” Nyantakyi told the press.
Nyantakyi added that there were also complaints of disrespect among the playing body.
“Some of the senior players complained that they were being disrespected by the junior players. Again we made efforts at resolving them, but it looked as if these were character traits of some players”. The FA President indicated.
He, however, noted that the two issues were among the numerous player-related factors that caused the Black Stars, but stated that the FA will seek to address the problems in due course.
On the contrary, head coach Goran Stevanovic stated that he was satisfied with the level of discipline in the team.
“I was satisfied with player behavior. Discipline was at the highest level, there were no problems in camp”. A seemingly ignorant Stevanovic told the press.
He said, “We had a close camp. Players ate together and I must say I was satisfied with the way they comported themselves”.