Stop flying mallams and pastors to major tournaments - Journalist tells gov't

Published on: 14 August 2019

Award-winning international sports journalist, Angela Akua Asante popularly known as 'Triple A', has called on the government to abolish the airlifting of pastors and mallams to major tournament to support the Black Stars.

Reports went rife that pastors and mallams were flown to Egypt to help the Black Stars end the country's three-decade trophy drought.

However, coach Kwesi Appiah and his men crashed out of the tournament in the round of 16, losing 5:4 on penalties to Tunisia.

Many football fans subsequently condemned the government's controversial decision to fly such personalities. The latest person to add her voice to this call is AAA, Ghana's only journalist to have covered both the 2018 FIFA Men's World Cup and 2019 Women's World Cup in full on self-funded missions.

According to her, a full revamp of the Black Stars is the only way to Cup glory for Ghana's senior national team.

“Probably, it’s time to stop flying out pastors and mallams at tournaments and really play with the head," Angela Akua Asante told Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah in the exclusive "Triple A tells her Story" interview.

“I don’t know why we love illusions. We love to imagine things that don’t exist. Do you ever hear this kind of things with the German teams or French teams?

“Seriously, wipe everyone out and rebuild afresh. That’s all. We have the talent. We have people that are talented on the pitch and we also have people that are talented at the administrative level.

“We do not need all this noise. But then again, we are in a country where people like to talk and pray more than do.

“I think if you are stuck with that personality, there’s nothing you can do but to keep failing. And you will fail until Jesus comes.”

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