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Blame players for AFCON fiasco – ex-Ghana star Razak

Posted On Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Kwesi Appiah should not be blamed for AFCON failure, according to ex-great Abdul Razak

Ghana legend Abdul Razak  insists the players should be blamed for their poor showing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. 

The Ghanaians, touted as one of the huge favourites to win the continental showpiece flattered to deceive as they placed a disappointing fourth in South Africa.

Many have criticized the coach for his poor substitution which many believe accounted for their semi-final defeat to Burkina Faso.

But the 1978 African Footballer of the Year says the blame should be laid at the doorstep of the players.

“Because many of the players we took to South Africa proved that they can’t do the job,” Razak said

“Some players were very poor and uncommitted and it’s sometimes hard to blame the coach.

“I don’t believe in the constant change of coaches and I cannot say whether the coach is good or not.

“We have to give him time and see after say the World cup qualifiers to see, if this man is not the right coach for us.

“May be the problem is not the coach but the players.

The Black Stars will have to put the disappointment behind them and start preparing for 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

    either razak is confused or very stupid. it can be 1 or the other> WAT ELSE DO U NEED TO SEE? NAIJA MADE 3 GUT WRENCHING CHANGES BCOS THEY WERE HUNGRY FRO RESULTS, AND IT PAID OFF WITH KESHIE. WAT ELSE DO U NEED TO SEE WITH APPIAH? APPIAH HASNT WON OR ACHIEVED ANYTHING AS A COACHBY HIMSELF. HE ALWAYS NEEDS THE HELP OF MAXWELL KONADU. GOD FORBID THAT MAXWELL WILL GET SICK DURING OUR WCUP CAMPAIGN OR AFTER. GH IS DEAD! AA HAS NOTHING TO GIVE. GET RID OF HIM NOW! AND ALLOW KONADU TO TAKE OVER. WITH AA WE WONT QUALIFY FOR WCUP. AND IF WE DONT QUALIFY, I DONT SEE WHY GFA SHOULD FIRE HIM. IF GH DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR WCUP. WE SHOULD KEEP APPIAH INSTEAD OF FIRING HIM

    • askantwi says:

      YOU ARE ONE OF ABEDI PELE’S DISCIPLES WHO AUTOMATICALLY HATES AKWASI APPIAH, HUH? YOU WILL CONTINUE TO KISS HIS ASS TILL THY KINGDOM COME. HIS CHILDREN ARE INSOLENT AND DISRESPECTFUL AND WE DON’T NEED THEM IN THE NATIONAL TEAM. C’EST TOUT.

      • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

        OK, I DARE APPIAH NOT TO USE ANY OF THE AYEW BROTHERS….. MUNTARI IS TOO SLOW. LIKE A YUTONG BUS RACING HIGH SPEED RAIL….HE CNT EVEN READ THE GAME PROPER…

        • kateezo says:

          GHFUO…this is the problem with you guys. Did you watch Muntari in the match against Barca. If you want to know of a player who is on top form this is the game to be used as the litmus test. Barca is the best team in the world. For you to win against them, you have to work 200% because you play 70% without the ball. Please the article above has nothing to do with Muntari or the Ayew brothers. You guys should stick to the issue at hand.

      • Big mouth says:

        How i wish i can just chew this Abdul Razak guy alive for such annoying comments. Was it not Akwasi Appiah who told the whole world that he had absolute or total confidence in the players he had selected for the tourney? Didn’t you see the shameful look on his face after we lost the penalty shoot out to B.Faso bcos he had come to terms that his tactics & players suck;>? Who shld we blame, my grandfather or your late father? Sack this Akwasi Appiah guy before world qualification also eludes us.

  2. GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

    WHO SHOULD BE BLAMED THEN RAZAK STOMACH TALK? APPIAH’S MODA OR FADA?…IDIOT

  3. Blcak Stars Fan says:

    Who called the players? why blame the players when it was the coach that made that selection?

    We were beaten by Zambia, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Mali. Is that not enough evidence that Akwasi Appiah is not capable in handling the team? Are we waiting for another humiliation before decision?

    He should explain to the fans why he left out our best players – Is Asante better than Quincy? Clottey better than Jordan and Warris? Akaminko better than John Mensah? Why did he call up players he was not going to use?

    He should also explain his formation – square pegs in round holes. Ghana needs a top coach to take us to world cup. If we cannot beat Burkina, how do we then beat Germany?

  4. Fiifi says:

    Razak is a coach, if he is good which team is he coaching now? A coach has to have a plan , strategy , concept and foresight. With all these in mind he chooses the players who fit into his concept or plans! The coach then trains and prepares the players for his various “battles”. He “tickles his players to bring out their best on the field!In choosing the players , he has to choose COMMITTED players! If a coach does not even “know” the weaknesses and strength of his players , how can he correct their faults! AA might have been a good player , but he does not qualify as a national coach, at least not the senior national team BS!The majority of the squad is used to better trainers and training methods and skills and so do not respect him or even doubt his coaching skills or knowledge! To crown it all a lot of the players were against other players who would reveal their weaknesses and their “alibi football” agenda.Such players come together to “pull down” dedicated players. How the coach and the so-called management delegation manage to overlook all these, is a “miracle” ( one is tempted to smell “palm gresing-money”). They say FIFA would suspend any nation, whose government would try to mingle itself in the affairs of the FA. But FIFA has no law against individuals who would take the FA to court for embezzlement and mismanagement of the country’s Football association!

  5. ck says:

    don’t blame the players either, blame me for selecting them for appiah.

  6. GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

    “I don’t believe in the constant change of coaches and I cannot say whether the coach is good or not. RAZAK, THIS IS PURE STOMACH TALK. NFA JUST FIRED COACHES FOR NON PERFORMANCE N NOW LOOK. R U SAYING NFA SHOULD HAVE KEPT SIASIA? IN THE NAME OF REBUILDING?





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