The world cup is here once again and the quest for an African team or specifically team Ghana to win this world cup in Qatar is dire than ever.
Ghana together with Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Cameroon are the nations representing Africa at this year’s World Cup.
It’s extremely disheartening that upon all the legendary footballers like Ghana’s Abedi Pele, Liberia’s current President George Opong-Weah, Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon, who are Africans, the continent is yet to win the most prestigious football tournament in the world.
The highest stage an African country has ever gotten to is the quarter finals. The first African country to achieve such a feat is Senegal in 2002, followed by Ghana at the 2010 mundial in South Africa.
At the 2010 World Cup which was the first to be staged in Africa, Ghana became the closest African team that was inches away from making history as the first to qualify into the semi finals.
The Black Stars reached the last-eight stage in what was just their second World Cup campaign, were on the verge of becoming the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final but the dream was short-lived when Uruguay trashed them in a penalty shoot out.
However, the question that football enthusiasts and connoisseurs keep asking is, “Can an African team ever win the World Cup?” Even if it’s a “yes”, “when will that happen?”.
Well, once a footballer, UK-based Ghanaian Afro-gospel musician, Joseph Matthew has prophessed that an African team can surely win the World Cup if they adequately prepare.
Speaking to hotfmghana.com , the ‘Blessed’ Hitmaker outlined what most african teams, especifically, Ghana’s team, the ‘Black Stars’, must do in order to win the Cup. He said,
“Why not! An African team can win …Ghana Black Stars can surely win …But in Africa, we don’t like to take strides in long-term planning.
A coach would be hired and before the world cup he would be sacked then another coach takes over with a different philosophy and different players… We lack sustainability”, he added.
The award-winning Afro-gospel musician stated that another horrendous contrivance hindering our chances of winning the world cup is the interference from our football governing bodies and process of selecting players.
The ‘Nyame Ye’ crooner advised that,
“The Ghana football Association must adopt a long-term strategy that would propel the Black Stars to win her first World Cup”.
In this, he asserted that grooming players from the get go till they grow into the national team is ideal to our success.
Ever since Joseph Matthew surfaced in the Ghanaian Gospel Music scene in 2019, he has released impressively produced songs such as ‘Nyame Ye’, ‘My Story’ ‘The Name’ and ‘Blessed’
‘Blessed’, which was released in May this year, has been heavily tipped by entertainment pundits to win ‘Record of the Year’ award at the 2023 Ghana Music Awards.
Have a feel of Joseph Matthew’s “Blessed” from below.