Hon. Kojo Asemanyi MP for Gomoa East and Vice Chairman of Youth, Sports and Culture writes.
Since its introduction in the global football in 1970 for settling tie-breaking games, indisputably, Penalty Shoot-outhas been "Ghana's deadliest enemy" in the world of sports.
*The Genesis of GHANA'S penalty shoot-out problems
On 27/06/1970-Penalty shoot-out was accepted by International Football Association Board in global football
First used between Man United and Hull City
On 04/09/1970- Cup Winners Cup between Honved and Aberdeen
On 04/11/1970- European Cup now known as UCL encounter between Everton and Borussia Mon.
In 1976-Czechoslovakia became the first country to win an international trophy by beating West Germany.
Since that time, Germany has become the most successful nation with 85% winning rate.
On 09/01/1977-Tunisia became the first country to win on shoot-out in World Cup qualifiers.
In Algeria 1980, it was introduced in AFCON
In 1982, Ghana became the first country to win an African trophy through penalty shoot-out
In 1982 at Spain-The first shoot-out in the history of the World Cup was between Germany and France at the semi-final. Germany won.
In 1992- Ghana lost to Ivory Coast in the Afcon finals
In 1993-Kotoko lost to Zamalek in the Champions League finals
In 1997-Goldfields lost Raja Casablanca in the Champions League finals
In 1999 at Nigeria-Black Satellites lost to Spain in U-20 World Championship. Thanks to Hamza Mohammed.
In 1999 at New zealand- Black Starlets lost to Brazil in the semi-final in U-17 World Championship
In 2004 in the Champions League- Both Hearts and Kotoko lost to Etiole and USMA of Algeria respectively within two days.
In 2004, Confederation Cup-Kotoko lost to Hearts in the Confederation Cup Finals
2008 Olympics Game qualifiers-Black Queens lost to Nigeria.
On 16/10/2009- Black Satellite won against Brazil in the U-20 World Championship
2010 South Africa World Cup- Black Stars lost to Uruguay at the quarter finals
2013 AFCON in South Africa-Black Stars lost to Burkina Faso in the Semi-final
2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea- Black Stars lost to Ivory Coast in the finals
2019 AFCON in Egypt-Black Stars lost to Tunisia in Quarter Finals
2019 WAFU-Ghana lost to Senegal
On 19/11/2019 Olympics qualifiers at Egypt-Black Meteors lost to Ivory Coast in the Semi-final
On 22/11/2019 Olympics qualifiers at Egypt-Black Meteors lost to SouthAfrica in the third place
Apart from the NDC, Penalty shoot-out is our biggest our national enemy???( Punchline on the lighter note)???
We need to sit up as a nation.
A national Crusade against penalty shoot-out is needed now
A National Policy on penalty shoot-out is needed now.
#BringBackthelove... still on course.