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In the wake of Ghana’s disappointing performance at the recent Africa Cup of Nations, former President and National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has outlined an ambitious strategy to rebuild the Black Stars. Speaking during the NDC’s “Building Ghana Tour” in Bongo, Mahama expressed his commitment to constructing a new Black Stars team centered around homegrown players if elected in the 2024 elections.
Attributing the team’s poor performance to the absence of colts football, Mahama highlighted the need to catch young talents early. He reminisced about the past where colts and academicals leagues thrived, providing a pool of promising players for national teams. To address this, Mahama pledged collaboration with the Ghana Football Association to revitalize grassroots football.
Mahama emphasized the core of the Black Stars should consist of domestic players who have trained together for the long term. The proposed approach involves blending homegrown talents with foreign-based Ghanaian players, ensuring a cohesive team dynamic. Additionally, Mahama stressed the importance of overhauling the football environment, collaborating with local football associations, and providing resources for grassroots identification and development.
The NDC flagbearer concluded by outlining plans to offer scholarships, send promising players to secondary schools, and closely monitor their growth, aiming for their eventual inclusion in national teams. With these comprehensive initiatives, Mahama aims to rejuvenate Ghana’s football landscape and propel the Black Stars to success.