This is more of a thinking piece. However, with 16 months before Qatar 2022. And less than 6 months before the rescheduled AFCON’s. Where are Ghana placed, or on course with to achieving success?
Although we didn’t qualify for the Olympic competition via the U23 AFCON’s in 2019 (Egypt). We won the U20’s AFCON’s in March.
Although there’s been new developments in the Ghanaian Premier League. The league suffered a dent in its rebranding from the recent match fixing scandal. *In the game between Inter Allies and Ashanti Gold, where Hashmin Musah for Inter Allies has claimed he came on against Ashanti Gold to score two deliberate own goals to spoil a ‘pre-agreed’ score line for betting reasons.
With that said, we’ve seen an emergence of talent come through Ghana in recent years that has raised optimism. The youth leagues restarting, and a change in energy. Drawing comparison, with the Euros that’s just finished. We’ve seen a number of nations go through, or going through a transition. Namely Italy, who spoilt England’s homecoming party – Italy spent 2 years with Mancini changing the side following failure to qualify for the World Cup.
And at the opposite end of the spectrum, Germany. The 2014 world champions failed miserably in 2018, and were experiencing a crossover in generations. A project Low chose to take on, rather than field experience in his final tournament in charge. A decision which backfired, as Germany failed miserably again after defeat to England in the round of 16.
The topic, or questions rather, is where is Ghanaian football 16 months before Qatar 2022? And whether a change, new blood is needed before the World Cup in Qatar?
The AFCON’s is not experimental. But there’s time before that, and the tournament will be a great acid test to our ability to compete in 16 months.
Sub-questions to the topic would be. There’s exciting talent coming through, and uncapped. Namely Hudson-Odoi and Nketiah. But there’s more! Great players! Leaders like Partey and Fosu already of the squad. And again there’s more!
Do you begin a process which is slowly in motion, and go the whole way? Or do you wait until after Qatar, and go with experience?
New gen now, or later?
We’re going to do this a couple times before Qatar. In our podcast, and via our articles. Let us know your thoughts.
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Written by Andrew Mensah-Twumasi @andrewmensahjr (IG/Twitter)
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