Millions of people around the world will be experiencing all the thrills and frills of football as the 2018 FIFA World Cup officially opens in Russia.
Already, all 32 teams have made it to Russia as the entire game is expected to be seen as the most competitive football ever to have been contested.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Ghana will not be hoisting the national flag at this World Cup. Despite all the calculations of hope we made during the decisive matches with Egypt, Ghana was kicked out of the World Cup.
But there could be some major reasons why Ghanaians must be happy the Black Stars never qualified for the World Cup.
1. The Nyantakyi Corruption scandal
The revelation of corruption at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, could have sent shock waves to players and officials of the Black Stars should they have qualified for the World Cup. In fact, the case of uncertainty that could even strike players could subsequently tear down their morale and affect general performance on the field.
2. Collapse of GFA
Should the Black Stars have qualified for the 2018 World Cup, there definitely will be a shock wave that would have occurred should the Black Stars be recalled from Russia. Remember, that all forms of leagues and football activities were canceled following the dissolution of the Football Association.
3. Work productivity
It's a football season and definitely, the craze for the game would have seen workers, mostly from the public sector, leave their offices and posts to watch the game.
Depending on the timing of the game, we are bound to have workers even decide to vacate work for the beauty of the game. Already, Ghana is already struggling with a weak economy for the working force to even be very non-available.
4. Heart attacks
No one escaped the pain of having the Black Stars lose crucial penalties at Knock-out stages. We have heard of those painful stories regarding die-hard fans suffering heart attacks in the wake of such games to the extent that some even lose their lives into the process.
We are not part of the Black Stars and this definitely means the tensions and disappointment will cease.
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