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We will build the Black Stars with homegrown players – Mahama

By Vincent Ashitey
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Presidential candidate for the National Democratic Party (NDC), John Mahama, has promised to lead the rebuilding of the Black Stars if he’s elected to lead the country.

According to the former president, he will build the image of the Black Stars into a national team based on homegrown players.

He stated that he would collaborate with the GFA to make sure that change comes into play for the betterment of football in Ghana.

"We just came from the Africa Cup of Nations, and we performed abysmally. We performed abysmally because we are not growing our football," observed Mahama.

"Before we used to have the colts and every district used to organize its colts’ league and they picked the prominent players from there. We used to have the academicals where the schools played against each other and we picked the promising players from there before we come to U-17 and then all the other age groups. Unfortunately, all that has collapsed and so we are going to work with the Football Association to start catching them young so that we can train them and give them to local teams to get experience.”

He made this comment when he visited the Northern Region as part of his Building Ghana Tour campaign.

His comment follows Ghana’s exit from the AFCON 2023 where the Black Stars exited the tournament with two points, drawing 2-2 with Egypt and Mozambique, respectively, and losing 1-2 to Cape Verde.