The Black Stars of Ghana last Friday suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of fellow West African side, Mali.
In what was CK Akonnor’s first game in charge of the team, there were no positives whatsoever as they were brushed aside by a Mali side who looked more determined and organized.
Fortunately for the coach and his men, they were able to achieve a comprehensive victory over Qatar yesterday to put the woeful showing against Mali behind them.
The likes of Skipper, Andre Ayew, Tariq Fosu, Samuel Owusu and Caleb Ekuban were all on the scoresheet as the team triumphed on Monday night. But how important was that victory for the Black Stars?
It is for this simple reason. The Black Stars clearly lost the love and support of several Ghanaians as a result of the negative issues that came up in the 2014 world cup and the team’s inability to win the African Cup of Nations in the years that have followed.
It is in line with that the Bring back the love project was introduced by the Football Association to reignite the love that the citizens have for the national team.
But the Black Stars missed out on the opportunity to gain the attention of the people with a win in a period in which they were yearning to see their national team play.
The onus thus lied on the team to produce a far better performance against Qatar to ensure that they win over Ghanaians and bring back the love for the Black Stars. And what better way was there than to win 5-1 against Qatar?