In the aftermath of Ghana’s disheartening 1-0 defeat to Comoros in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, football administrator Micky Charles has injected controversy into the discourse, asserting that the nation’s football challenges extend far beyond the domain of coaching.
Amid fervent calls from fans for the removal of head coach Chris Hughton, attributing the team’s dismal performance to his leadership, Charles takes an unexpected stance by laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of Ghana Football Association President Kurt Okraku.
In a candid statement to Peace FM, Charles declared, “I am telling you that he (Kurt Okraku) is taking our football into a ditch, and we will never recover. The football we are doing now, people will tell you that in as much as we have the technical aspect, you need something called luck to play.”
He continued to emphasize the role of luck in football, pointing out missed chances by players like Semenyo, Inaki Williams, and Dede Ayew. Charles criticized Okraku, stating, “It looks like he (Kurt Okraku) is too proud, he does not know anything, and he is not prepared to ask, and he thinks he can do it.”
Charles highlighted the frustration within the football community, with individuals withdrawing and challenging Okraku to take charge if he believes he can make a difference. He emphasized that the underlying problem is the reluctance to address fundamental issues in developing Ghanaian football.
“People are afraid to say it. If we don’t stand firm and find ways to develop our football, we will always go and come with empty hands,” Charles asserted. He dismissed the notion that changing coaches would solve the problem, stressing that a holistic approach is necessary.
Reflecting on Ghana’s recent friendly against the USA, Charles reiterated his warning about underestimating opponents, stating, “In America, I said if we are not careful, the USA will disgrace us. I was laughed at. Look at what they did to us. So for me, anybody who will stand somewhere and say it is the coach, look, the coach hasn’t done anything. Let’s look at the problem and solve it. Let’s unite the whole family so that everybody will push the national team with their soul and energy.”
In Charles’ perspective, unity and a collective effort are crucial to overcoming the challenges plaguing Ghanaian football. He urged a shift in focus from blaming the coach to addressing the root issues, emphasizing that only through a united front can the national team progress and succeed.