Football veteran Jonathan Abbey Pobee believes there’s an intangible factor hindering the Black Stars’ success, emphasizing it’s not a coaching issue but a result of not doing the right things.
The senior national team, Ghana’s Black Stars, has been in the spotlight for unfavorable reasons, with coach Chris Hughton facing speculation about being sacked due to the team’s recent lackluster performance.
Hughton, who signed a 21-month deal in March, recently met with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
Abbey Pobee, reacting to the situation, dismissed coaching as the primary concern and pointed to an unidentified issue affecting the team: “There is something holding this Black Stars. It’s not a curse because we are not doing the right thing,” he told Citi Sports. “The taxpayers are crying so how do you succeed? How can God give you luck to perform, so forget about coaching. It’s not a matter of coaching,” he added.
Ghana is scheduled to face Madagascar on November 17 at the Baba Yara Stadium and Comoros on November 21 in the first two games of Group I in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The team is also preparing for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, with Ghana aiming to secure its first AFCON victory since 1982.