A cross-section of Ghanaians interviewed by Today have criticised the Black Stars playing body and its technical team for the abysmal performance in their semi-final game against Burkina Faso.

According to the respondents, the players lost concentration in the second half and had their minds focused on the final game with Nigeria instead ofconcentrating on the Burkina Faso game.

While some blamed the coach,Akwasi Appiah, for not teaching the players the techniques to take penalty kick, others were not enthused with his selection and substitution of players on the day.

Others argued there was lack of quality in the team and wished for the presence of Andre DedeAyewand Jordan Ayew in the team.

?Coach Akwasi Appiah told Ghanaians he had selected the best players for Ghana to win the trophy. So we blame him for the loss. He must be fired,? Asare, a football fan at Achimota, said.

Some football fans also called for the team to be disorganised and the composition of a new and better one.

?I do not think we can win the third place because the players wanted the cup which we cannot have. Mali will beat Ghana as they did in 2012 in the same third place match,? Ohemeng, an insurance agent, said.

The Ghanaian public believed the Black Stars have lost their brightest opportunity to achieve that feat as they could not hold onto their one-nil lead against the underdogs, Burkina Faso.

On Wednesday night, the Stallions of Burkina Faso crushed out the Black Stars of Ghana in a penalty shoot in the semi-final stage of the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars missed the spot kick three times to see Burkina Faso win 3-2 at the MbombelaStadium after 120 minutes of a cagey soccer match.

Ghanaians were expecting the Black Stars to annex the AFCON trophy for the fifth time havingwon trophy in 1982.

This is the fourth consecutive time the black stars have reached he last four stage of the competition without winning the trophy.

STORY: PHILIP KUMI

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