Ghana went to South Africa with false hopes – Herbert Mensah

Sports News of Tuesday, 12 February 2013


Herbert Mensah08.2002

A former chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Herbert Mensah has singled out the nation’s football governing body, the Ghana Football Association for contributing to the poor show by the Black Stars at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

“If truth be told our performances with Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and our lack of progress since that time in terms of quality and development of play simply did not merit anything other than a quarter-final or possibly semi-final finish,” Mensah wrote on his official Facebook page.

“As I saw the dejected look on the faces of some supporters and players at KIA this evening I was saddened for them and their false hopes!”

The renowned football administrator insists that he sees no reason for the various calls to sack the head coach Kwesi Appiah claiming the problem with the national team needs to be tackled from the poor organisational structure of the Football Association.

“People may look at the coach but I prefer to look at the structure of our game and the structure of our governing body. There were those I spoke with at the FA two years ago and even then, worried about our approach to Brazil. I stressed the fact that past reputations counted for nothing in the world of a rapidly changing African game in which teams like Botswana, Cape Verde, Zambia and indeed Burkina Faso could NOT be dismissed as inferior!”

“We have been like “a cat with nine lives” and now is the time for the FA to put this disappointment behind them and be more realistic and professional about our reality! We need to qualify for Brazil and then exceed our results (and performances) of South Africa,” he added.

Mensah also challenged the management team of the national team to take correctional measures to deal with the poor player relationship that has cost us over the years.

“And yes the Management Body needs to better manage its relationship with the playing body and maybe take a leaf out of the Stephen Keshi book (Amokachie, Kanu et al in support),” he added.