By Ameenu Shardow
I sat in that post-match press conference where for the very first time coach Akwasi Appiah sold out his true feelings through his demeanour.
The 51-year-old was clearly bitterly disappointed in the performance of his team in particular some players in the 2-0 win over Malawi last month in Accra.
Some of the players failed to come through for the ex Ghana international himself that he decided to drop them there and then.
Appiah’s voice was so shaky after accepting to do the press conference which he initially refused to carry on after a very rude interjection by a hidden journalist in the sea of media men and women at the Press Center of the Accra Sports Stadium that Saturday.
This was not because Appiah is not confident and assertive during presser’s – he has actually acquitted himself very well in his interactions with the media so far.
But like I said earlier, the ‘gentleman’ felt massively let down by his team and in particular some players who failed to come to the party though well dressed for it against the Flames.
The very conservative Appiah in shielding the non-performing players mildly said ‘they were tactically indisciplined.’
For a player like Jordan Ayew and Daniel Opare, it is a game (against Malawi) to be easily forgotten.
Unfortunately for them, they did not escape the ‘wrath’ incurred after their stinking performance.
Am sorry for being quite harsh but by the power vested in me by my football-loving deceased grandmother, it’s purely the truth.
It is however also very true that between September 8 and now, a lot of things has happened which proves that the exclusion of Jordan Ayew in particular is probably the wrong move.
It goes a long way to buttress where and when the chopping was decided to have been carried out.
The young Ayew has gone on to score twice in four for Marseille in Ligue 1.
A bit but not quite similar to Majeed Waris’ who is in my candid opinion the best Ghana striker at present scoring record in the month of September.
Ayew’s recent goalscoring record based on current form is by far better than my personal favourite Emmanuel Clottey who is in the 21-man squad.
But I leave that because like ‘they’ eloquently ask: ‘Are you a coach’?
My humble response to borrow the words of the current Asante Kotoko chairman, Dr Sarpong (literally); “If you know how to coach, we also know how to watch.”
For Derek Boateng and Samuel Inkoom, the message is quite clear so no brainer there.
However am very happy for Mubarak Wakaso and David Addy as their consistent hardworking faced with recent problems appears to be paying off.
It remains to be seen if the new guard as it appears will repay the faith reposed in them otherwise, trust me, there will be another chopping by the very silent Akwasi Appiah.