Ghana is regarded as one of the major forces in football especially in Africa. However, winning games through penalty shootouts have become herculean task since 1982.
Ghana National teams and clubs have managed to win just four (4) decisive post-match penalties in 37 years, with the most recent being the year 2009, where the National U20 team, the Black Satellites won the FIFA U20 world trophy via penalty shootouts against their Brazilian counterparts; making the situation a national crisis.
A lot of coaches, players and pundits have also attributed this misery to luck but Coach Professor Joseph Kwame Mintah has objections to this.
Prof. Mintah, the President of Ghana Coaches Association and a Professor at the University of Cape Coast believes that the basic things needed to be done for teams to win via post match penalty shootouts are not observed in Ghana.
He made this known in an exclusive interview with Saddick Adams on Floodlights Sports show on Angel FM following the defeat of the Black Meteors to Ivory Coast on Tuesday’s semi final clash in the ongoing CAF Afcon U 23 championship in Egypt, with Ghana missing three (3) of our kicks.
“There are two things to be considered for players before penalty shootouts, these are techniques and psychological. Unfortunately, the basics are not observed properly in Ghana,” he said.
The Psychologist also debunked the notion that penalty shootouts are won by luck but stated that luck comes after the basics are in place.
“If you do the basic things right on how to score a penalty, then you can always score. The moment these basics are observed, then you can talk of luck,” he added.
The former Ebusua Dwarf trainer also pointed out that another major cause of this penalty fiasco syndrome is that national team coaches do not have control of players who play the national teams and it is the duties of club coaches to work on players in relation to penalty taken.
“Most of the players who play for the national teams, the coaches here don’t have control over how they train. The only time the coaches can have control over the players and how to take penalty kicks will be in the clubs,” he said.
Ghana have a last gasps to make it to Tokyo Olympics if we manage to win over South Africa to place 3rd in the AFCON U23.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Ansah Apagya