In an attempt to bolster the technical bench of the Black Stars ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as well as to try and win the upcoming 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the Ghana Football Association [GFA] has appointed former Feyenoord Rotterdam assistant coach – Patrick Greveraars.
According to a release by the GFA on Monday, May 31, the UEFA License A coach [Greveraars] with over 25 years of worldwide top football experience was appointed on the recommendation of C.K Akonnor.
“The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association has agreed to the request of C.K Akonnor for the appointment of a second Assistant coach to further strengthen the technical team of the Black Stars,” the release said.
The statement adds that the coach who is yet to finalize his deal is already in Accra, Ghana and is ready to assist the Black Stars in their double header friendly international games against Morocco and Ivory Coast.
“He is expected to bring his experience, world-wide contacts and football methodology on board if he signs the deal.
“Greveraars is currently in Ghana to assist the team with the upcoming International friendly matches and also to finalize talks ahead of his appointment.”
The appointment of Patrick Greveraars raises some few questions.
For instance, is the GFA trying to assess his performance first as an assistant coach and later elevate him to become the ultimate head of the Black Stars and demote C.K Akonnor?
This scenario is very possible looking at how the former Black Stars captain himself got the nod to becoming the head coach of the senior national soccer team.
Again, it is believed that there’s some kind of friction between those who call the shot at the Ghana Football Association and the the domestic underachiever [C.K Akonnor] and as such have been trying every means possible to replace the beloved old boy at the least opportunity.
Like the President of Ghana, the GFA is hell bent on breaking the 39-year-old trophy-less chain.
But, some persons who are very close to power strongly believe that handing the Black Stars Kingdom to C.K Akonnor always seemed as short-sighted as replacing a cold-blooded, unshakable, and ferocious assassin with a smiling, biddable altar boy.
The Black Stars are drawn against the likes of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia in the second round qualifiers of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has already set a target for the Black Stars ahead of the African Cup of Nations and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
According to the President, the Black Stars must go beyond the recent second place finishes to winning the trophy in Cameroon:
“The target is to bring the cup home by winning the AFCON 2022,” the President said at a breakfast meeting held at the Jubilee House in Accra on Monday, April 26.
“We must go a step further than our second placed finishes in 1992, 2010, and 2015 and end the 40-year drought for a title,” he added.
To most Ghanaians, if kicking the ass of coach C.K Akonnor will help the Black Stars to advance to within several time zones of Shangri-La then so be it, but if replacing C.K on the other hand would also not secure us the visa to football’s Garden of Eden or render us further impotent, then let’s take a different path, but the GFA must be candid and must also come clean as well.