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Former Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko player, Charles Taylor nicknamed ‘Bismark Barnie Terrible Taylor’ attributes Ghana’s failure to qualify for the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) to complacency and poor technical handling of the team.

The former Black Stars player was frustrated that Ghana could not qualify adding that the technical handlers decision of just making selections based on Kotoko and Hearts were the reasons Ghana did not qualify labelling the technical bench as ‘lazy’.

Charles Taylor

In an exclusive interview with Success 90.9 FM, a radio station based in Goaso, Brong Ahafo, the outspoken player and dribbler said; “I greet your listeners and all the crew in the studio. I attribute the loss to complacency which should not be the case as the Ghanaian Soccer is very low leading to the Burkinabes eliminating us from the competition because we thought it was easy after the 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou”.

“I also don’t know how our coaches select players because it is not ‘fine’ to use two ball jugglers in the same game. I did not understand the decision of Maxwell Konadu to use both Gideon Waja and Winfred Cobbinnah in the deep holding midfield”, he added.

“He lamented that you need a good defensive midfield to shield your defence in all games adding that in spite of the number of defenders used, the formation of the team will not jell if you are to meet a strong side as it was the case yesterday”.

When asked if he attributes our failure to qualify for the tournament to poor coaching selection, the ex Kotoko striker was quick to say; “As i have indicated earlier it is many and is always good to say the truth than to lie and take favours”.

Charles Taylor playing for Accra Hearts of Oak

He added that; “In the case of Black Stars player and Liberty Professionals captain, Samuel Sarfo who is not called for the local side but is given a call up to the main national team to play in our friendly against USA stating that this clearly shows team selection is not based on truth but on favour”.

He continued; “Derrick Sassraku of Aduana Stars is a fantastic player and wondered why he was not handed a call up but due to our coaches being ‘lazy’, they follow the minds of Ghanaians which state that players who play in Kotoko and Hearts of Oak are the best in the division asking ‘Are the other players not human?'”, he quizzed.

He was quick to also add that due to our coaches not casting their net wide, Taylor added that they don’t look at the lower leagues as it took a Division One side player, Joel Fameye to ensure we won 2-1 in our last qualifiers”.

He continued; “They just look at the Premier League ‘which is not even a proper league’ and look at players who have the name and call them for the national team lamenting that they are just hyped by the media”.

“Someone can just run with the ball and due to media hype, praises are being showered on him which when watching on TV is different making Ghanaians think he is a good player citing Patrick Razak as an example and called on the media to talk his flaws to make him a better player”, Charles Taylor added.

He indicated that he was very surprised that Bright Adjei and Zakaria Mumuni of Aduana Stars were not called stating that during his days he have players such as Stephen Oduro among others who will do all the work defensively for them to initiate attack adding that ‘that is football’.

When asked if we are to eliminate the slogan of Kotoko versus Hearts players being good for the national team, the ex Hearts player said; “Absolutely YES”.

He noted that we are to eliminate that quickly as the national team is for the Kotoko and Hearts adding that with this that ‘perfumes are not on them’ is the one we can’t play; how much more those who have astonishing perfumes on them?”.

He added ‘We cannot beat Burkina Faso, how much more the big guns”, he quizzed.

He also added that Ghanaians will be calling for some players to be called but that player may not have an exceptional quality to be able to play for the Black Stars.

When asked if he meant to say the quality in our local league now is poor as compared to their time, Charles Taylor said; “Yes it is very wide”.

He added; “If I am to use myself as an example, no one currently the best in the league now can be compared to me not even to talk of Stephen Oduro in midfield”. He then asked, “Tell me one midfielder in the Black Stars ‘B’ that can shoot from midfield or run with the ball”.

He said; “During our time, Oduro can score from midfield and also initiate attack from midfield which we don’t see nowadays in the league adding that these crop of players currently in the league has no ‘ball sense’.

There have been media speculations of Asante Kotoko tracking to secure the services of Hearts of Oak duo of Thomas Abbey and Winfred Cobbinnah which others are asking them to be cautious of the move.

When Charles Taylor was asked to advise the pair, the ex Hearts of Oak player said; “We learn from each other mistakes so they are to learn from what happened to me; stating that we don’t sit at one place playing football adding that he was not lured to be playing for Kotoko but from his own wish”.

“It depends on them if they want to move citing that  even Brazilian Neymar swapped Barcelona for PSG, so why can’t a player swap Kotoko for Hearts of Oak or vice versa”, he lamented.

Charles Taylor in action for Asante Kotoko

“He added that if they have the heart to play for Asante Kotoko, why not! stating that it takes a strong heart and determination to play Kotoko”.

His attention was drawn to the superstitious beliefs by Ghanaians of swapping between the two glorious clubs in Ghana will bring your footballing career to an end citing him {Charles Taylor} as an example.

He said; “I was walking ajar that time as you need a spiritual father to see to your welfare when playing as i advised Ollenu Ashitey to be very powerful in his prayers when he joined Kotoko from Hearts because the devil came to steal, kill and destroy” but Christ came in to save us.

When asked if the bottle line of his comments are based on complacency and poor selection, the ex Black Stars player said; “Yes that’s the main cause of our exit as they {the technical team} don’t do good selection but hands call ups based on players facial looks and appearance”.


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