Ghana Football Association (GFA) has finally apologized to the people of the Western African country following the Black Stars exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations at the group stages.
Pooled in Group B in the 34th edition being held in Ivory Coast, the Black Stars kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Cape Verde, drew 2-2 against Egypt before letting a two-goal lead against Mozambique for another 2-2 draw.
The outcome of the game against the Mambas meant the Black Stars had failed to go past the group for a second successive AFCON. Ghana FA moved ahead to fire head coach Chris Hughton and confirmed they are in the market for his successor.
“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,” read part of the statement.
“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.
“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 statement added: “We value the unwavering support of our stakeholders, and we commit to working tirelessly with you to ensure a stronger and more competitive team. Your loyalty and passion are the driving forces behind our efforts to rebuild and elevate the standard of Ghanaian football.
“We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time and remain dedicated to restoring the pride and success we all desire for the Ghana Black Stars. Together, we will emerge stronger and more resilient.”