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An abysmal performance from the Black Stars of Ghana at this year's AFCON held in Egypt puts the nation's wait for a major trophy on hold. A poor start to the competition was reversed with a win over Guinea Bissau in the last group game, sending the Stars to the apex. 

Hopes high again, a first ever Round 16 game ended with a loss to the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia after penalty kicks. The nation went ballistic afterwards with the Team making an unceremonious entry back home

Considering the ongoing chastising of the Stars, Mr. William Yamoah, a former National President of the  National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called for calm nonetheless blaming factionalism and superstition as major reasons for the exit. He however called for nationalism and unity moving forward.

In an exclusive interview with Virgin City Radio, the native of Asante Akim applauded the government's efforts towards ending the trophyless run. 

"All Ghanaians- The President, Ministers, Chiefs etc must be thanked. Known for our patriotism, we support anyone representing the nation and this was no different".

He added that " the government and all stakeholders prioritized the competition; a reason for the resources committed to it".

Mr. Yamoah addressing indigenes

Dubbed a 'President Project', Ghana failed to make it to the semifinals of the competition for the first time in 11 years.

Quizzed on the failure, Mr.Yamoah, currently serving at the Office of the Vice-President emphasized on Pre-Tournament issues like the change in captainship and the over reliance on "spirituality" as causes drawing comparisons with the developed world. 

"Unfortunately the government's focus was not met. The misunderstanding that ensued with the change in captainship and the reasons assigned by the Head Coach did us no good. Football thrives on team work but these (reasons above) led to factionalism which reduced the collective effort and zeal towards ending the drought. In developed counties, nationalism is the basis for development but same cannot be said here". 

Mr. Yamoah known for his efforts towards making Asante Akim a better place through mentoring and service provision, had his say on the future of the team calling for unity and eschewing spiritualism. 

"I believe in Ghana, the flag, and the Black Star. I am of the view that we are as competent as any other nation. Worryingly, we weren't focused due to vivid divisions and prophecies. United towards the future, regardless of who the Coach will be, he can build a team to end the AFCON drought".

Ghana, finalist at the 1992, 2010 and 2015 editions last tasted success at the 1982 event held in Libya, another 'Presidential Project's. 

However he was pleased that Ghana managed to top their group amidst the numerous troubles prior to the tournament. 

"It didn't go as planned but we did well to get to the 1/16th stage. Subsequently, emphasis should be placed on training and practice to compliment the logistics and resources committed". 

The Minister for Sports, Hon. Isaac Asiamah has meanwhile been at the centre of vilification. Coach James Appiah has also been requested by the majority to also step down having presided over the Brazil 2014 failed adventure too.

The wait continues.........

Credit; Virgin City Radio (105.3FM), Konongo
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