Sporting activities Information of Monday, 3 August 2020
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Former Black Stars striker Prince Polley has stated that the practise of politicians influencing coaches choice has been with the team since time immemorial.
There have been speculations that Black Stars coaches hardly love independence when it comes to selections as politicians and GFA officials influence people selections.
Speaking to Graphic Sporting activities, Polley narrated how he threatened to storm out of the team’s camp in the 1996 AFCON immediately after he was remaining out of the squad by coach Jim Amoah.
Polley who said he was in wonderful type forward of the match was furious immediately after becoming left out of the very first recreation in opposition to Guinea.
Puzzled by the coach’s selection, Polley sought clarification and it was unveiled to him that then Sports Minister ET Mensah questioned for him to be benched.
According to him, his teammates were being also taken aback by the coach, Jim Amoah’s ‘strange’ final decision to bench him.
“All the major gamers had been agitated when the mentor dropped me throughout the opening match towards Guinea but I kept my cool and went into my lodge space which I shared with Tony Yeboah,” he unveiled.
“It was at this time that Coach Amoah came in with a Bible in hand to apologise for dropping me from the 1st group, right before confessing that the assortment of players for the match was influenced by the Sports activities Minister, E.T. Mensah,” he recalled.
“I am sorry that it transpired this way. This was not the team I meant to use for our initially match. It was this afternoon that the group I intended to use for the opening match was adjusted.
“It was E.T. Mensah and other officials from the Sporting activities Ministry who affected me to occur out with this group, so I am desirable to you to appear at this Bible and be calm as you sit on the bench because I will by all usually means make variations and convey you into the match,” Polley quoted Coach Amoah to have mentioned through the job interview.
“It was at that stage that I advised the coach that If the Sporting activities Minister can use a few minutes to influence him in his staff selection in a tournament as significant as this, then I am vacating camp to return to Holland due to the fact my team want my solutions so significantly.
“I, therefore, questioned him to release my passport to me to return to Holland the following day,” he extra.
“Influencing the collection of players for tournaments was persistent in the Black Stars throughout our time. It was about management. If the 1 primary the group was deemed impressive, he conveniently affected coaches in the range of gamers for some distinct matches,” he disclosed additional.
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