Africa Soccer ‘Under pressure’ Razak Abalora must be benched against Ivory Coast

Razak Abalora

Former Ghana Black Stars goalkeeper Abubakari Damba said Razak Abalora should not be lineup by CK Akonnor against Ivory Coast this Saturday, June 12 at 5pm.

The Asante Kotoko goalkeeper has committed a glaring mistake which handed Morocco a narrow win earlier this week in Rabat.

So far, he received supports from both his club and Black Stars coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor.

Read : CK Akonnor – We have to win against Ivory Coast

“He has made a mistake, he knows himself but we are not in the position to kill him. We need each and everyone to be at a good level”, said the former Asante Kotoko coach.

Mohammed Kudus and teammates during Thursday's training session. ©GFA
Mohammed Kudus and teammates during Thursday’s training session. ©GFA

“Yes, we have to move on, we have to encourage him. He is a good goalkeeper. No doubt about that. We will not kill him; we will encourage him on how to improve.”

Read more : VIDEO highlights of Black Stars loss to Morocco

However, following the backlash his poor performance against Atlas Lions generated, Damba said Razak Abalora needs a psychological help and should spend time out of the field both in national team and club in order to get back self-confidence.

Razak Abalora with Ibrahim Danlad and Lawrence Ati-Zigi in training. ©GFA
Razak Abalora with Ibrahim Danlad and Lawrence Ati-Zigi in training. ©GFA

“Abalora needs help because he is in a bad state psychologically. I have been in this state before and I know how it feels like. Let’s take him out of the picture and take care of him”, he told Happy FM, as per Ghanasoccernet

“It’s about self-confidence and he has lost it now. So we as technical men need a psychologist to work with him.

“He (Abalora) needs time off from both club and country to work on himself. Now he is under serious pressure”, he added.


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