KPB return good or bad?
And so it proved. Just as many had foreseen, it happened. Kevin Prince Boateng, after a number of self-imposed years in the international football wilderness, proclaimed his desire to return to the Black Star fold. The announcement neatly arriving just as Ghana were booking their place in the World Cup qualification play-offs. From a man who after becoming the poster boy of the world’s new 2nd favourite team, made the jump from Championship football mediocrity to Champions League stardom and duly retired from international football to ‘focus on my team and domestic career’.
The announcement brought a mix of emotion and reaction. Ladies fawned at the prospect of their Adonis once again gracing their screens and their fantasies over World Cup season, while others bristled, crying screams of betrayal and past sins. A large cohort of Ghana supporters are furious at what they envision is a flagrant abuse of the national team as a platform to further one’s own selfish ambitions, and are upset at the GFA for allowing the prestige of the team to be abused in such a way.
However, some are of the opinion that the addition of a man who after retiring from the Black Stars went on to become an integral part of the midfield of one of the biggest clubs in world football, will do no harm to Ghana’s chances of improving on their quarter-final finish at Brazil. And this is a valid point. At WC2010 Kevin-Prince crackled with ingenuity, bringing European class and stability into a midfield which could at times be naive and gung-ho. Now, 4 years wiser and with more top-level experience, surely his return is a cause for joy and increased optimism? Surely a midfield presence of Kevin-Prince and the legendary Michael Essien, with countless top-level experience between them, can only serve Ghana’s ambitions well?
Should we let bygones be bygones? Or should we crucify the man for his past (assumed) indiscretions and potentially self-sabotage our chances at a peaceful and prosperous World Cup campaign? Whatever your opinion, this is one puzzle which doesn’t look like it will be solved anytime soon…
Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)