During the first meeting of the fourth session of parliament on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, Speaker Alban Bagbin emphasized the need for Ghana to address the longstanding challenges facing the Black Stars in international football tournaments.
Despite being eliminated from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast after placing third in the group stage, Ghana’s performance has raised concerns. They suffered defeats against Cape Verde and drew with Egypt and Mozambique.
Bagbin stressed that the Black Stars represent more than just a football team; they embody Ghana’s national pride, cohesion, and resilience. He urged them to rise above setbacks and showcase the true power of Ghana’s football to the world.
Highlighting the complexity of the issue, Bagbin cautioned against viewing the sacking of coaches as a quick fix. Instead, he advocated for a holistic approach that evaluates football infrastructure, youth development programs, coaching standards, and administrative structures to identify areas for improvement.
The Speaker’s remarks underscored the necessity for Ghana to reassess its football strategy and formulate comprehensive measures for future success on the international stage.