AFCON 2019: Black Stars not good enough – Lante Vanderpuye

Black Stars in a training session

Former minister for youth and sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, is not pleased with the performance of the Black Stars at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The veteran journalist said he is not pleased with the output and the lack of firepower from the players.

“I am not impressed with the performance and quality of play by the players at this tournament at all,” the MP for Odododiodoo told Kumasi-based Nhyira FM.

“This is not the Black Stars we all grew up watching and I can tell you that the performance of this crop of players has been the worst in recent times,” he added.

According to the outspoken minister, Ghana were lucky in their first two games against Benin and Cameroon and could have also gone behind in the first half of the game against Guinea-Bissau after Yiadom tripped his opponent which could have resulted in a penalty.

“The stars have been very lucky in this year’s tournament because some of the referees have been very lenient with their decisions in our games”.

“Our team is just not good enough and the only positive is Kwesi Appiah’s ability to read the game and make meaningful decisions like what he did in our last game by bringing Afriyie Acquah to stabilize our the weak midfield which allowed [Thomas] Partey to push forward to play in his favourite position where he excelled and scored,” Mr. Vanderpuye observed.

“I will give the Black Stars 35 percent for their performances because they have been very poor and I hope they up their game in our next match,” he stated.

Ghana will play Tunisia on Monday evening for a place in the next stage of the tournament.

By Delrand Ansah Mensah Whyte (SKIPPER), Daily Mail GH

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