Tempers rose and silence fell in Ghana after the gallant Black Stars suffered a late goal agony as they lost 1-2 to the United States, in the opening FIFA World Cup Group G contest in Natal on Monday.
Some football pundits have described the score as a sweet revenge on the side of the United States as records prove that the Black Stars emerged winners on the two occasions when the two countries met.
Others have also criticized Coach Kwesi Appiah for his selection.
Kevin Prince Boateng who was sitting on the bench until the second half, has allegedly expressed disappointment at his late entry into the match.
He is alleged to have said in an interview with some reporters that he was ready to play the full ninety minutes, however, if Kwesi Appiah thinks the first selection was better then he (Kwesi Appiah) should continue on that path.
However, Football fanatic and the Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has expressed outrage at the comments of the Shalke player.
“Who the heck does he think he is? You are a player…It is wrong and I don’t see why some people want to rationalise that. You are a footballer…I admire him…but in the name of discipline he needs to respect his coach…” he retorted.
Kweku Baako also remarked that the attitude of Prince Boateng also indicates that he is looking down on the rest of the players, adding that such comments and arrogance must be condemned.
Fire on the head of Coach Appiah
Commenting on the backlash being poured on the Black Star’s coach, Kweku Baako Jnr believes it is too early to start blaming and condemning him (Coach Kwesi Appiah).
“I think it is too early for some of the criticisms and analyses about Coach Appiah…it is worrying. It is just a first match. Some have even predicted we will come home;…but this is not the time. We should hold the fire…and at least support the players against the Germans,” he said.
2-1 score line
Kweku Baako also commented on the score line after the match, indicating that the Coach is not to be blamed for it.
He said “the goals were as a result of Defensive lapses and had nothing to do with poor goalkeeping. It was a lack of concentration, and I cannot blame the coach for that”.