Ghana is a football country no doubt but to fall to a cumulative 15-2 in four international friendly games is nothing pleasant about a football country.
Ghana’s U-23 national team, the Black Meteors were at the mercy of humiliation against Japan and Korea in a friendly played over two legs each.
The team was first taken to the slaughter house against Japan in their first game where it ended 6-0 for the host.
Ghana fell 4-0 in the second leg ending the first tour 10-0 over two legs.
The journey continued against Korea where the suffered yet another defeat but this time in a reduced score line.
The first leg against Korea ended 3-1 with the second ending 2-1 together with the first four against Japan making 15-2.
One would ask whether Ghana did not prepare before playing the competition.
Yes, Ghana has lost games but falling heavily in such a manner leaves much to be desired of a nation which has been to the World Cup three consecutive times and won four Africa Cup of Nations.
One would also say that the Japanese and Koreans have been in camp for long preparing for the 2021 Olympic Games but Ghana should not have fallen in such a manner because just months ago, the U-20 won the Africa Youth Championship in Mauritania and the same squad could have been augmented with some experienced and quality players to face Japan and Korea.
Two players from that squad, Abdul Issahaku Fatawu and Frank Assinki played a part in that humiliation.
Frank Assinki admits the Japan game was the most difficult among the two.
“In all I will say it was the Japan game that was most difficult.
“It was the toughest game for us because against the Koreans, we had already got our rhythm.
“So we were able to come into the game at least.” Frank Assinki told Adamu Muftawu.
To watch the U-20 win the Africa U-20 tournament with some finesse and to believe that the U-23 suffered such a heavy defeat leaves much questions to be asked about Ghana football.
The Kurt Okraku led Ghana Football Association has a lot of work to do if football must be revived again.
The return of juvenile football, which is termed “colts” football is very key to developing the game in Ghana.
Players like former Black Stars captains, Stephen Appiah and Asamoah Gyan all passed through the “colts” system plus a host of other players who graced the junior, youth and the senior national teams.