Today I want to reflect on the expectations for Ghanaian football. As a nation with a rich footballing history, there is no doubt that Ghanaians have high hopes for the sport. However, as the years have passed, the national team’s performance has been inconsistent, and it seems that we have not been able to meet the expectations set for us.
So question, what should the expectations be for Ghanaian football? A nation which has birthed some of the continents most decorated players. A nation which has been crowned U17 & U20’s World Champions an unprecedented 3 times, and champions of Africa on 4 occasions—our last crowning glory in 1982.
First and foremost, I believe that we should aim to be a dominant force in African football. We may desire or require more modern infrastructure, but we have the talent and resources to compete at the highest level, and it’s time for us to showcase this on the continental stage.
Additionally, we should aim to qualify for every major international tournament and compete with the best teams in the world. We have done this before—reaching the round of 16 in the 2006 World Cup—and in 2010, a whisker away from a historic semi-final against The Netherlands. We should strive to achieve this level of success again.
However, it’s essential to remember that success is not just about winning. It’s also about developing young talent—education, on and off the field, creating a strong football culture, and promoting fair play and sportsmanship. Ghana should aim to be a model for other African nations in this regard, both on and off the field.
In summary, the expectations for Ghanaian football should be high, but realistic. We should aim to be a dominant force in African football, qualify for every major international tournament, and promote fair play and sportsmanship. With hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence, I believe that we can achieve these goals and bring pride to our nation.
Until next time,
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Written by Andrew Mensah-Twumasi @andrewmensahjr (IG/Twitter)