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Ghana Coach Blames ‘Witchcraft’ for Poor African Cup of Nations Performance

by The Newshound


Goran Stevanovic wants return to player unity.

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Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used witchcraft against their own team-mates.
The Serbian made his claim in a leaked report on the Black Stars’ failure at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where they were beaten by eventual winners Zambia in the semi-finals.
“We all need to help in changing some players’ mentality about using ‘black power’ to destroy themselves, and also make sure we instil discipline and respect for each other,” the coach said.
In a report delivered to the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) executive committee, Stevanovic added: “After losing to Zambia, there arose so many accusations amongst the players.

“I have learnt great lessons from African football and also about Ghanaian players’ behaviour on and off the field.
The coach did not name any specific players in that part of the report and the GFA is refusing to comment on the matter, saying it does not discuss any issues arising from leaked documents.
“It has always happened, but players have used it to protect themselves and normally in search of luck,” Sarfo Gyami, who was a member of the Ghana side at the 1992 Nations Cup, told BBC Sport.
“I have never heard of a situation when players have used it against their own colleagues. That is a very bad situation.”


To be fair to Ghana they didn’t have an awful African Cup of Nations tournament, they did after all finish fourth, but expectation was such that the Black Stars were seen as one of the favourites to win the showpiece trophy.

Asamoah Gyan was once again the villain of the piece, missing a crucial spot-kick, as he did in the 2010 World Cup, in the semi-final defeat to Zambia.

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