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Opinions of Monday, 30 January 2017

Columnist: Raymond Agbonlahor Yeboah

Ghana into AFCON semis, what would now be the reaction of those critics

Criticism is good when it has no bad intentions behind it.Criticism is good when it is not one sided and a target on to only one person.The way and manner some of the Ghanaian media do their criticism is different from any other media men in another country.Our criticism is purely hatred inclined and meant for the purpose of inciting the public against their target.

Nyantakyi, would forever remain in our history books as the best ever FA President the country has ever had.

Some people have short memory else they wouldn't turn against him and the Blackstars knowing that the more you hate and tries to put him down the more he progresses.When Kwasi Appiah was sacked, people were taunting that Avram Grant was not a good coach yet he proved everybody wrong by sending the Blackstars to Afcon finals in his debut as a coach.Grant has once again proven to all odds that the team had a lack of motivation and certain logistics under the Nii Lantey regime hence our qualification to Russia 2018 is in jeopardy.

What the sports minister-designate Hon.Isaac Kwame Assiamah and his Government have done withing this short term even not yet fully started his term should be a warning and an example for any other potential sports minister that you can't work without respecting the views of the FA.Football and its tournament go beyond what we see on the pitch so the need to coordinate with those who understand the lang uage of the game is better.Now that the team has qualified for the semis of the nations cup, in case, they win the trophy who must bear the credit.The FA is doing their part so as the sports ministry, the playing body and the technical team.Would Ghana have witness this great feat by the stars, had the new sports minister start behaving as his predecessor who was always on radio leaking all the relevant information concerning the team on radio and creating unnecessary internal wranglings against the FA.with the kind of cohesive understanding between the sports ministry and the FA,l don't see why Ghana would not win the trophy.The pep- talk of wisdom to the players is working and you could see the determination and do and die spirit withing the boys irrespective of the fact they have the few support behind them in the country. Those radio presenters and newscasters who were talking about the team bonuses on their radio and tv stations at the time they needed your support and prayers, what else are you going to say because now it would be an understatement on your part that the guys don't deserve their bonus.Those who have the privilege to watch DSTV of the Afcon matches must envy how Samuel Osei Kuffour supporting the team with a patriotic character in his analyses.Only wizards and witches don't support what is good so it is about high time the media turn Pharisees mend their ways else the stars would disgrace them big time.

l am done