Talented Ghanaians Abroad Run Away From Black Stars Over Juju

during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Ghana and Australia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 19, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.

An Executive of the Ghana Footballers Association (GFA) has revealed that the senior national team, Black Stars, is finding it difficult to attract talented Ghanaian players born abroad because a number of factors, including juju.

In an interview on Nhyira FM, George Amoako, who is a member of the GFA’s Executive Council said, it is not only the players themselves who are scared of what is derogatorily referred to as ‘African electronics’ but that even the parents of potential players advise them against playing for Ghana.

“Most of the [Ghanaian] players born in Europe, if you want to entice them to come and play for Ghana, it is very difficult. They mostly aspire to play for their country of birth or host countries. Even their parents don’t opt for their children playing for Ghana”

“There are a lot of perceptions about how Ghanaian footballers play the game. Reckless tackles, destructive tendencies in the Ghanaian game and talks of juju put them off”.

Mr. George Amoako is also the head of the Black Stars management committee.

His revelation comes in the wake of Black Stars coach, Charles K. Akunor, failing to woo Jeremy Doku, who recently made a debut appearance for Belgium. Doku scored in his sophomore match for the Belgians.

Meanwhile, C.K. Akunor says he has his eyes set on Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Brioghton’s Tariq Lamptey. The Black Stars coach says he has already contacted them.

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