In the aftermath of Ghana’s disappointing exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, former Ghanaian international Dan Quaye has taken a swipe at Black Stars defender Mohammed Salisu. The Black Stars faced elimination after failing to secure a victory against Mozambique in the final group game.
Ghana’s struggle in the AFCON tournament marks the second consecutive time they have failed to progress to the knockout stage, with the previous early exit occurring in AFCON 2021 in Cameroon. The team managed to secure only two draws in the Nations Cup, finishing third in Group B behind Cape Verde and Egypt.
Salisu’s reported threat to fight Ghanaian journalists and fans who expressed their frustrations did not escape criticism from Dan Quaye. In an interview with Koforidua-based Bryt FM, Quaye labeled Salisu’s actions as “childish and senseless.” He went on to assert that, even at his age, he believes he is a better player than Salisu.
Quaye further expressed disappointment with Salisu’s performance with the Black Stars, stating, “Salisu has not performed ever since he joined the Black Stars.” He criticized Salisu’s response to the journalists, emphasizing that the national team belongs to the supporters, and they have every right to voice their concerns when things go awry.
The former Hearts of Oak star urged Salisu to remember that the national team could elevate his career to greater heights, emphasizing the significance of fan support. Quaye concluded by condemning Salisu’s dismissive response to the frustrations of Ghanaian supporters.
Looking ahead, the Black Stars are scheduled to return to action in March for the FIFA international break, with a friendly against World Champions Argentina in Beijing, China. Additionally, the Ghana Football Association announced the dismissal of former Premier League manager Chris Hughton and the entire technical team on Tuesday, citing the poor performance of the Black Stars in AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast.