After supervising yet another failed attempt at qualifying for the Championship of African Nations (CHAN), Maxwell Konadu said on Sunday it is not enough reason to quit his role as coach of the Black Stars “B”.
Following an impressive 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou a week earlier, many expected the local Black Stars to clear the final hurdle at home by beating Burkina Faso to qualification for the tournament finals in Kenya. But by the 30th minute, Burkina Faso were already 2-0 up. Sylla Mohammed who also scored in the first leg put the Stallions in front in the 8th minute before Nikiema Herman doubled their advantage 20 minutes later.
And despite Ghana pulling one back in the second half through substitute Felix Addo, it was too little too late as Burkina Faso held on to win 2-1 on the day and 4-3 on aggregate.
There were calls from angry fans around the stadium for Maxwell Konadu, who also supervised the team’s failure to qualify for the last edition in Rwanda in 2016, to be fired. But Konadu is not budging.
“I don’t think resigning will be the best. I’m not a quitter. I can always fight back to win against any opposition.
“What happened is part of football and once we understand this, we will continue working until we achieve our aim,” Konadu said at the post-match press conference on Sunday.
Sunday’s result in Kumasi marked the senior national team’s first ever defeat at home since the inception of the African Nations Championship in 2009.