Apr 11, 2011 at 9:32am
Black Meteors fail to qualify for London Olympics
Black Meteors Coach, David Duncan could not qualify Ghana to the next round of the qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics, despite a 1-1 draw at Omdurman on Saturday April 9.
Ghana’s hopes of reaching the Olympics suffered a major setback after Sudan benefited from a 92nd minute goal in the first leg in Accra a fortnight ago.
The team which was made up local-based players except Samuel Affum who plays in Egypt, was criticized for not putting up a good performance hence that painful defeat on home soil.
It was expected that with the inclusion of four additional foreign-based players, made up of Ransford Osei, Jonathan Mensah, Saddiq Adams,and Quincy Osei, Ghana could have overturned the one nil deficit to qualify the team but that did not happen.
As if Ghana’s situation was not bad enough, Sudan netted the first goal on their home soil in the 10th minute of the first half.
The bolstered Ghana team could not come on level terms in the first half.
But the inclusion of the foreign-based players paid off in the second half, as Saddiq Adams equalized in the 20th minute of the second half.
At this point, Ghana needed a goal to qualify with 25 minutes to the end of the game.
But the team faced stiff opposition from the less fancied Sudanese side which who played with so much determination amidst a delaying tactics typical of African football to end the game in a 1-1 draw.
Sudan thus advanced to the last 16 of the qualifying campaign on a 2-1 aggregate victory.
Ghana missed the previous Olympic Games in Beijing under veteran Coach Cecil Jones Atuquayefio.
Coach Duncan will certainly not be spared the fury of football lovers especially coming after Ghana’s poor showing at the tournament for local based players on the continent (CHAN) under Coach Herbert Addo.
With the exception of the Senior National team the Black Stars, Ghana has in recent years underperformed at various levels of the game raising questions about the commitment of the football body to enhance the quality of local footballers who often play in such tournaments.
Ghana has made six appearances at the Games and won the 1992 bronze medals in Barcelona.
The last time Ghana participated in the Games was in Anthens 2004.
The team, then captained by Yussif Chibsah, exited in the first round after winning Bronze at the 2004 All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria.