There is no shortage of reasons for which Ghana should be at the next Mundial
By: Sammie Frimpong
Ghana has its job in reaching the 2018 Fifa World Cup cut out after Friday’s final qualifying draw, and fans of the Black Stars are reasonably backing their team to seal a fourth consecutive appearance.
But while the West Africans have never lacked motivation to desire a piece of World Cup action since getting into the qualification business in 1962, there’s so much more to be gained from not missing out on the next showpiece.
BIGGEST SHOW ON EARTH
Well, that’s the most obvious reason, isn’t it?
There isn’t a football event grander than the World Cup, making it a party each of Fifa’s 209 eligible member nations would reasonably wish to be at. There’s no bigger platform on the international football stage, no bigger prize. . . which brings us to the second reason.
Now, after all the shenanigans at the 2014 Fifa World Cup which sabotaged Ghana’s ambitions, money is probably the last thing you’d like to wrap the Black Stars’ adventures at a future tournament in. That doesn’t mean, though, that money — and there’s so much of it to be earned by qualifying for Russia 2018 — isn’t a factor. It has always been and always will be. Deal with it.
EVERYONE EXPECTS US
Ever since Ghana made its bow on the world stage, at Germany 2006, we’ve always made the headlines for reasons good, bad and ugly. A decade ago, the Stars were one of the revelations of the World Cup, the team earned everyone’s love and sympathy four years later in South Africa, and Brazil 2014 brought the worst out of the boys. It’s safe to say, then, that the planet would be wondering what we’d bring to the show in Russia. Let’s not disappoint them, shall we?
None of its previous three World Cup appearances, it seems, has seen Ghana exit under ‘ideal’ circumstances. In 2006, the 3-0 second round, Lubos Michel-assisted loss to Brazil was widely deemed unfair, 2010 brought the mother of all anti-climaxes against Uruguay in the quarter-finals, and the dream of 2014 — when we were supposed to outdo ourselves and everyone else — was so prematurely ruined by our own suicidal selves. May 2018 bring that long-awaited fairytale ending, eh?