Black Stars come under attack ahead of big tournaments, says former Ghana assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko


Former Ghana assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko has shockingly revealed that the senior national team, the Black Stars, are under attack ahead of big tournaments.

The Black Stars always have good preparation but don’t shine.

According to Tanko, the Black Stars undergo some form of challenge even before the team leaves for the big tournaments.

“When I look at the two qualifiers we played against South Africa and São Tomé, the players who came are of quality,” the former Ghana international told the Nabila Show.

“There are still some quality away players who haven’t come.

“We all have our quality players, it’s up to us to form a good team to go against them.

“We have to believe in ourselves, honestly it won’t be possible for all of Ghana to support the team, but I think as far as the national team is concerned, that’s what we should be doing.

“We are divided before we even go to the tournament, you see people fighting spiritually against the team and it will make it very, very difficult for us to win it.[AFCON]Added the former Ghana Under-23 coach.

He was assistant coach of the team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] in Egypt.

Tanko was previously assistant to German Volke Finke in the Cameroon national team.

The soft-spoken Tanko has spent his entire playing career in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg respectively.

The Black Stars last got their hands on the AFCON Trophy in 1982 and have since made three final appearances in the 1992, 2010 and 2015 editions.

Ghana qualified for CAN 2021 to be held in Cameroon in January next year.

The Black Stars will be looking to break the long trophy drought by adding a fifth trophy to their wardrobe.

They are four times laureates in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982.

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