Former Nigeria international Etim Esin has berated the Super Eagles stars for lacking the desire and patriotism of Ghanaian players.
Esin stated this after the Black Stars of Ghana narrowly lost 3-2 to Portugal in their opening Qatar 2022 World Cup game on Thursday.
Before heading to Qatar, Portugal thrashed the Super Eagles 4-0 in their final warm-up game in Lisbon.
But the Portuguese had to dig deep to see off a spirited Ghanian side.
And Esin posited that players of the Super Eagles don’t give their all when on duty for the national team.
“Kudos to players of the Black Stars for their performance against Portugal,” Esin said on Brila FM.
“They really tried because it is not easy to score against a side like Portugal, especially with the caliber players they parade. But the same cannot be said of the Super Eagles players, the Ghanaian players are ready to die wearing their jerseys but when they play it is as if they don’t want to get injured.
“For me, the Super Eagles players lack the desire and patriotism of the Ghanaian players because we saw how they fared against Portugal if not for one or two mistakes and Cristiano Ronaldo’s experience in helping his side get a penalty.”