- Black Stars deputy coach has warned the players following 1-0 loss to Kenya
- According to him, some of the players are not committed and warned them to up their game
Black Stars deputy coach, Ibrahim Tanko, has taken a strong swipe at the players following the team’s 1-0 shock loss to Kenya.
According to the former Dortmund forward, the players’ commitment level in last weekend’s game was questionable.
The loss was Ghana’s first defeat in Group F in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers. The loss came through Nicholas Opoku's first-half own goal.
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The team has come under heavy criticism, particularly for their poor showing in the first stanza and their wastefulness in front of goal.
"Honestly speaking, I am very disappointed in some of them [players] because they played like there was nothing at stake,'' Tanko told Joy FM.
"If you saw the body language of some of them, it was very bad, so I think we as the technical team will have to watch the game again and talk to them.
"We have to let them know that this is the national team. It's for all Ghanaians, so if you think you can come and do what you want and go and expect us to call you again, there's nothing like that.
"Everyone will have to prove himself that he wants to play with the national team."
Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu and Royal Antwerp full-back Daniel Opare have been singled out by many for their poor display while the likes of Thomas Partey, Abdul Majeed Waris, Afriyie Acquah and Raphael Dwamena have been blasted for squandering begging chances.
The Black Stars return to action next month when they play Sierra Leone in a double-header in the qualifiers.
The four-time African champions are now tied on points with Kenya, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, who all have three points apiece.
Meanwhile, after the game, coach Kwesi Appiah said he recall Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew for next Black Stars' matches.
The trio were dropped prior to last Saturday's game against then Kenyans.
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