Former Black Stars defender Samuel Johnson has advised the national team to rope in leaders in the team’s defence ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
According to Johnson, the team lacks an organiser at the back to help direct matters especially as the nation faces top quality sides in Germany, Portugal and the United States.
“At the moment, we do not have someone we can call a commander in our defence.
We need some organisation and coordination and a high level of respect with our backline but the current crop of defenders lacks that vital element and we have suffered in recent tournaments because of this,” said the former Hearts of Oak and Fenerbache player in an interview with Asempa FM on Monday.
He added: ” When we played for the Black Stars, we had (current Black Stars coach) Kwesi Appiah and Frimpong Manso, in the defence and they helped put things together.
If we can get similar players into the team we have now, we will be strengthened for the World Cup.”
Johnson, who also played for Anderlecht and Greek side Kalamata, also called for coach Kwesi Appiah to find options for the World Cup campaign in Brazil. He said the possibility of injuries and other circumstances must guide Appiah to find suitable replacements for the regular players.
The Black Stars will play against Montenegro on the 5th of March in its first pre-World Cup friendly at the Stadium Pod Goricum in Podgorica.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana