Sunday, 19 November 2017

Black Stars lacked political backing in WC qualifiers - Osei Palmer

By Herbert BOAKYE YIADOM, Accra
Executive Committee member of the Ghana Football Association, who doubles as the Vice Chairman for the Black Stars management committee, Wilfred Osei Palmer, popularly known in media circles as Osei Palmer, in his post-analysis of the Black Stars’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup says the team lacked political backing from the onset of the qualifiers.

According to Osei Palmer, the previous World Cup qualifiers in which Ghana qualified had the full support of the governments in power at that time.
The president and bankroller of Tema Youth stated that Ghana’s 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup campaigns had the full backing and support of the governments in power, unlike the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which was beleaguered with a lot of in-fighting, especially during Nii Lante Vanderpuiye’s tenure as Sports Minister.
Speaking on the issue on Asempa FM sports morning show, he said, “If you don’t have the political backing, you should forget about the World Cup. If you have a Minister (Nii Lante Vanderpuiye) who will always bring the work of the Ghana Football Association into disrupt, this will be the result that we won’t qualify.
“You will need that collaboration between the Sports Ministry or the political power and the GFA. The previous times we had the political backing, including the media, we were able to surge forward. But in these qualifiers we had some of the media who didn’t want us to qualify.
“We had a disjointed group in this World Cup qualifier. As we started this World Cup qualifier, Nii Lante Vanderpuiye’s behaviour was untenable, juxtaposing it with other previous Sports Ministers,” he added.
Communication Director for the Ghana Football Association, Sannie Darra also stated emphatically that Ghana would have qualified for the World Cup if Isaac Asiamah was at post when the qualifiers started.
“If we had the support from the beginning like what we are receiving now from Isaac Asiamah, we would have qualified.
“Isaac Asiamah will not discuss issues of the Black Stars on radio to get the public to turn against the team, which was done so by Nii Lante Vanderpuiye, and did not help the cause of the Black Stars in the World Cup qualifiers”.

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