The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has taken full responsibility for the botched campaign of the Black Stars in Cote d’Ivoire in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
The apology comes after unrelenting demands by a section of the Ghanaian populace and the football fraternity in the country who characterized the team’s performance as disgraceful and blamed the FA for it.
The FA finally came through with an apology on Tuesday, January 30, a week after Ghana officially exited the tournament.
“The Ghana Football Association extends our sincerest apologies to the good people of Ghana and all stakeholders for the recent disappointing performance of the senior national team, the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.”
“We understand the disappointment and frustration that such results can bring to our passionate football-loving nation. Our team’s performance fell short of the high expectations we all share, and we take full responsibility for the disappointment.”
The Association furthered that steps are underway to right the wrongs which has seen the Black Stars displaying quite the opposite of what it is known for globally.
“Following a meeting of the Executive Council of the Association and Chairmen of the RFAs on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the GFA wishes to assure all stakeholders that the requisite steps are being taken to address the issues at hand, and a thorough review of the team’s strategies, training, compensation, and overall structure is underway.”
The Blacks Stars put up an unsatisfactory performance in the AFCON, which saw them exit the tournament for the second time in a row in group stage.
The team failed to win any of their three group games and ended with two points from a loss and two draws.
Their dramatic exit ended the role of Irish football manager Chris Hughton and his technical team with a five-member committee instituted to scout for a new head coach for onward approval by the Executive Council.
However, some football fanatics have kicked against the move, arguing that replacing the coach will be a superficial solution to the mess and will have no impact on the deep cracks the entire country’s football is suffering.