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Patrick Osei-Agyemang, popularly known as “Countryman Songo,” renowned host of the fiery sports show Fire-for-Fire on Adom TV, is set to lead a significant protest against the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in response to the recent underwhelming performance of the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Scheduled to take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, the demonstration is expected to draw widespread attention, with Osei-Agyemang aiming to rally support against what he perceives as a failure of leadership within the Kurt Okraku-led GFA administration.
The disappointment surrounding the Black Stars’ campaign in the ongoing AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast has intensified frustrations among Ghanaian football fans. Hopes were high for the team to end the nation’s 42-year trophy drought, but they exited the competition at the group stage with only two points to show for their efforts.
The team’s lackluster performance, marked by draws against Egypt and Mozambique and a defeat to Cape Verde in their opener, represents a significant setback for Ghanaian football. This marks the second consecutive AFCON tournament in which the Black Stars have failed to progress beyond the group stage.
Attributing the team’s dismal showing to mismanagement and lack of accountability within the GFA, Osei-Agyemang has been vocal in his criticism of the association’s handling of taxpayer funds. His protest aims to demand transparency, particularly regarding the budget allocated for the AFCON campaign.
In response to mounting pressure, the GFA has taken action by relieving Chris Hughton of his duties as head coach. The association has unveiled a roadmap for the appointment of a new coach, signaling a recognition of the need for change in the wake of the Black Stars’ disappointing performance.