When it comes to football, Ghanaians are an over opinionated bunch. Any time the Black Stars play, Ghanaians across the country and all other parts of the world can be heard screaming instructions at their screen, convinced they have a much better game plan to ensure victory for the national team. These days you will find most of these armchair managers on Twitter and Facebook, showcasing their managerial skills with regular comments and tweets on everything from player’s physical conditioning to team tactics.
Keen to draw on the expertise of these know-it-all fans, Kwesi Appiah, Ghana’s current manager has revealed his intentions to allow Ghanaians to offer their timely and insightful inputs during every Black Stars game at the World Cup.
The Ghanaian manager confirmed that he plans to operate live call-in sessions to take tips and advice from these fans who seem to fancy themselves as managerial geniuses. “Every Ghanaian is a football expert. Whenever we lose a game, they are on TV, radio and lately, on social media expressing their expert opinions about what we should have done to win. So I am giving Ghanaians the opportunity to do what they seem to be good at. They can call me collect, on 0800-2-KnownPeople while the game is in play.”
Appiah explained that, he will have a satellite phone in his dugout at every game in Brazil. This will allow fans to call and offer tips and tactical advice during the course of each match. He will also set up a special Twitter and Facebook account for the pundits on social media to share their expert opinions.
Officials from the Ghana Football Association are believed to be in favour of this initiative and are also willing to bear the cost of the satellite phone and all call charges out of its meagre World Cup budget.