Saturday, February 25, 2012

Stevanovic underlines 'Juju' by Ghanan players during AFCON

Black Stars coach, Goran Stevanovic has underlined the alleged use of juju by some players as a contributory factor to the team's performance at the just ended 2012 Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.The use of 'juju' is the latest of the pockets of problems believed to have blighted the Stars quest for a fifth title at the flagship African football tournament, which saw Zambia emerging the eventual winners.
The Serbian mentioned the use of 'black power' in his report to the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) chanced upon by GNA Sports on Wednesday.
The remark was contained in his conclusion of the report and highlights the behavior of the players on and off the pitch.
“After losing to Zambia, there arose so many accusations amongst the players during my meeting with them. I have learnt great lessons from African football and also about Ghanaian players' behaviour on and off the field.
“We all need to help in changing some players' mentality about using black power to destroy themselves and also make sure we install discipline and respect for each other,” the report indicated.
The observation by the Serbian coach confirms the growing reports of disunity and in-fighting amongst the players during the tournament, where they finished fourth.
It would be recalled that GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi at a press briefing last Wednesday fingered player-related issues as one of the contributing factors to the team's failure at the tournament, when they were tagged favourites.
“We observed that some of the players played to achieve personal fame, prominence and excellence to the detriment of the entire team.
“Some of the senior players complained that they were being disrespected by the junior players,” Nyantakyi noted.


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