One of many objects on the African Soccer HQ agenda this week was Ghana’s resolution to call-up Colchester United midfielder Kwame Poku.
The teen—at present plying his commerce within the English fourth division—has grow to be a lightning rod amongst Ghana followers and media within the aftermath of his call-up.
As mentioned by Malek Shafei and Ed Dove this week, it’s been an absolute mess.
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Are Ghanaians’ mutterings over Colchester’s Kwame Afriyie Poku call-up to the Black Stars for the upcoming #Afcon2021Q matches justified?
— Aim Africa (@GoalAfrica) March 23, 2021
The 19-year-old’s call-up was maligned within the Ghanaian media, with pressmen questioning why the Black Stars have been inviting a participant plying his commerce in League One.
Amidst the backlash, Poku appeared to have been axed from the squad, as an alternative being relegated to the Black Stars B staff for a pleasant away in opposition to Uzbekistan.
It’s exhausting to know which is the strangest factor of this resolution…
Why was a foreign-based participant representing the home-based Stars?
Why are Ghana’s B staff enjoying a pleasant in Uzbekistan amidst these testing Covid-19 circumstances?
Both manner the choice was baffling…after which the Ghana Soccer Affiliation made a u-turn, and restored Poku to the seniors forward of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to South Africa and Sao Tome e Principe.
Poku might but make his debut…amidst some testing circumstances and broad animosity…however this complete episode has been a fiasco for Ghanaian soccer.
It has raised questions in regards to the autonomy and the energy of head coach CK Akonnor.
Was he behind the invitation within the first place? Was he accountable for the choice to then drop Poku to the B staff?
And what of the response?
Do Ghanaian media males actually imagine that the English fourth tier is so inferior to different ‘premier’ leagues world wide that there might be no expertise present in League Two?
It smacks of conceitedness and hubris on the a part of the Black Stars followers, lots of whom cheered the performances of Kwesi Appiah—then enjoying for fourth-tier Cambridge United—through the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as Ghana reached the ultimate.
The instance of Uganda’s Bevis Mugabi, who excelled for the Cranes on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations regardless of having simply been relegated from League Two with Yeovil City, demonstrates the standard that may be discovered within the English decrease leagues.
Ought to Mugabi, who got here by way of the Southampton academy, have been missed simply because he options in League Two?
He moved to Scottish Premiership staff Motherwell within the aftermath of the match; was he not worldwide high quality earlier than the Afcon, however he was worldwide high quality after the Afcon?
Ghana followers have to ask themselves some massive questions…