National teams chief drummer and motivator, Joseph Langabell, has lifted the lid for the first time on the genesis of the Black Stars chaotic 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.
Speaking on Max TV”s Black Stars Classics – World Cup edition, the former Great Olympics supporters leader, claimed that it was during a pre World Cup friendly match against Holland that things started to unravel in the Black Stars camp.
“You know what happened in Holland? Today let me tell you. Christian Atsu took his ATM card to withdraw money, but unfortunately there was no money in his account. He came back to the hotel to narrate the incident so assistant coach Maxwell Konadu also went to try and again, zero in his account. This got the players very angry because they were told the money would be paid into their accounts.”
Langabell asserted that once the news spread in the Black Stars team, the mood totally changed.
Langabell, who boasts of knowing every secret about the Black Stars three World Cup campaigns went on to narrate how a series of ‘promise and fail’ incidents, provoked the players into state of mistrust and that is why they demanded their money in cash before they even landed Brazil.
He further claimed that the situation got so bad in camp that the senior players met and agreed that they would boycott training if the promises were not fulfilled.
“You know something? You can fool some people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time”.
“Nobody should blame the players. They were angry and they did what anybody would do. We should blame the politicians who took everything for granted that is why we had the disaster.”
Source: Dennis Mensah