We will build Black Stars with home grown players – John Mahama – READ
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has expressed intentions to rejuvenate the Black Stars by focusing on local players.
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This declaration follows the disappointing performance of the team at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.
Ghana, who were aiming to break a 42-year trophy drought, faced elimination from the tournament at the group stage, managing only two points. Mahama outlined the NDC’s strategy for revitalizing the national team, emphasizing the necessity of building a foundation around local talent.
Mahama emphasized the need to collaborate closely with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to establish a robust team.
Reflecting on Ghana’s recent AFCON performance, he criticized the lack of football development and pledged to nurture young talents from an early age, channelling them into local teams for experience before potential international exposure.
“We just came from the African Cup of Nations and we performed abysmally disastrously.
We performed abysmally because we are not growing our football and so and we are going to work with the Football Association to start catching them young from when they are young so that we can train them and give them to local teams they will play get experience before if they even want to travel abroad they can travel.
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“We will build the new Black Stars based on homegrown players domestic players who have trained together for a long time and worked as a team.
And then we will bring the foreign ones to come and blend with them. If you bring only foreign players they don’t play together in their teams and then when it is time for competition you bring them and come and tell them to play if won’t work.”
He further detailed the NDC’s plan to overhaul Ghana’s football landscape in collaboration with the GFA.
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“The core of the Black Stars must be made of domestic players who have played together for a long time we keep camping them and they keep practising together and when we are going to a competition we can bring some of the foreign players to join the domestic players and you see that we will have a better team and so we are going to overhaul Ghana football in collaboration with the Ghana Football Association,” he added.
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Ghana’s recent AFCON campaign saw a defeat against Cape Verde and two draws against Egypt and Mozambique, resulting in another group-stage exit for the Black Stars.
We will build Black Stars with home grown players – John Mahama
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