Edem Tutu Writes: Musings Of A Broken Hearted Star
Football is a very tactical game. A coach can determine a lot of things and a minute may be all anyone needs to sink a nation into gloom. No matter how you look at it, the black stars of Ghana are milkyways away from achieving any significant thing.
When the team sacked Coach C. K . Akonnor, many Ghanaians believed that it was time to re-strategize and rebuild. Whatever the FA was thinking when they hired Millovan Rajevac, only God can tell. As if his long absence from the game wasn’t enough, the coach in first few games showed that we had made an error we just couldn’t clean.
In the country’s first game against Morocco, a poor coaching mechanism meant the black stars went home with nothing but their heads in their hands and tears in their eyes.
With a second game and a chance at redemption, coach Milovan Rajevac made decisions that nobody could quite explain. He dropped arguably Ghana’s best player in our first game just to make way for the two Ayew brothers on the team. Abysmal, sad, and inexplicable. Those words may not be enough to explain his decisions. When Andre Ayew scored, he brought hope to many homes in Ghana but poor man management and bad coaching decisions meant Gabon would equalize in the 88th minute and steal that hope.
Now to the main issues. I think Milovan Rajevac has no business being Ghana’s coach. His methods are old, unrefined and totally non-existent. How many coaches of the modern day game wait till a goal is scored and make three changes at once? If a coach on the touch line cannot tell when his players are tired or having a bad day, what’s his role as coach? As soon as possible I believe the FA should be in the market looking for a new coach. Someone who identifies with the systems of modern day football. I sustain that no right thinking coach plays a half fit player for close to ninety minutes. I don’t have anything against the Ayew brothers but it’s absolutely bonkers that they get play when they are not in their best form.
To the list of players who get to wear the nations colors, there is a truth you must face. That truth is that most of you haven’t quite shown enough why you deserve to wear those colors. Your approach to games are poor, the commitment levels are just missing. In bringing back the love, the results must be seen on the pitch.
As a little boy, there was a joy with which I approached black star games. I’m sure I speak for many Ghanaians when I say that joy is long gone. We miss those days when schools closed because the stars had a game.
Whatever it takes, no matter how much it costs, we must make the stars shine again.