Former Liberty Professionals goalkeeper, Patrick Antwi says Ex-Ghana goalkeeper Edward Ansah is not a good coach because his attitude forced him out of Black Stars.
According to him, Ansah – who was goalkeeper’s trainer – bashed him after a hauler against Mexico in 2008, instead of backing him to recover since it was his first major Black Stars game.
Mexico beat Ghana 2-1 in the friendly fixture which was held at Craven Cottage Stadium in England. The Black Stars leading by a 55th minute Michael Essien goal were pegged back by the Mexicans when Antwi failed to clear Essien’s back pass allowing Carlos Salcido to score the equaliser in the 77th minute before Pardo secured the match winner from a spot kick with four minutes left of play.
Antwi indicated that although the players consoled him after the mistake, Edward Ansah, who was then goalkeeper’s trainer blasted him instead of assisting him correct his flaws.
“After that friendly game against Mexico in England in 2008, I didn’t get a call-up to Black Stars again,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“I committed a blunder in that preparatory game and that day I had issues with Edward Ansah. I can tell you, he is not a professional coach at all.
“Instead of pointing out and helping me overcome the mistake I committed which paved way for Mexico to equalize, he rather went hard st me. He blamed me for the defeat because of the error. He was supposed to help me, but he chose otherwise.
“It was coach Claude Le Roy who backed me,” he added.
However, after the game, then coach of the Black Stars, Claude Le Roy sprung to the defence of the young goalie after replacing Richard Kingston in the second half
Le Roy said:”We were on top when Michael scored the first goal, then there was the stupid mistake on our behalf that let Mexico into the game.
“It’s difficult to criticise a young keeper. We must help him but it was a huge mistake. On this type of pitch it can happen.
“He could not taken any risk with the back pass from Michael,” said the Ghana coach in a post match interview.
“It’s a problem of confidence – and it’s so different for a goalkeeper. If a striker misses an opportunity to score, everybody forgets, but when a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s terrible for him.
“He made a bad choice – on this kind of pitch it’s best not to take a risk and try to control the ball. But it happens and now we have to try to help him to recover his confidence.”
Patrick Antwi also featured for Prestea Mine Stars and Ebusua Dwarfs.