Emmanuel Saint Osei, the Communications Director for Accra Great Olympics, has shared his thoughts on the performance of the Black Meteors following their exit from the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), suggesting that his team would have fared better.
Despite securing a victory in their first game against Congo, Ghana failed to progress to the next stage after a disappointing 5-1 defeat against the hosts, Morocco, and a 1-1 draw with Guinea. This elimination means that Ghana will miss out on the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, extending their absence to at least 24 years.
Expressing his dissatisfaction with the Black Meteors’ performance and the performance of various national teams in recent months, Saint Osei emphasized that Great Olympics would have significantly outperformed the Meteors at the AFCON.
“When we [Ghana] won our first match against Congo, I felt it wasn’t the time for our coaches to become complacent, considering that Congo was a tough opponent. In fact, all the teams we faced were formidable. I expected our team to fight until the final whistle, giving us the chance to celebrate and achieve more,” he stated during an interview with Citi FM.
“Nowadays, every nation is excelling in football, unlike in the past when we could easily dominate. Therefore, it is crucial for our technical staff to pay attention to the details of the game and ensure that every aspect is given the necessary focus.”
“Take a look at the goals we conceded against Morocco; that should not have happened. Frankly speaking, my club, Great Olympics, would not have suffered such humiliation. I can assure you of that,” he added.
“The mistakes made by the team were unacceptable considering the level of talent. It is indeed disheartening.”
Furthermore, it has been announced that the technical team of the Black Meteors will be dissolved. Meanwhile, Great Olympics narrowly avoided relegation from the Ghana Premier League in the recently concluded season, finishing 14th with 45 points after defeating Nsoatreman in their final match.