Sports ministry summons GFA over abysmal Black Stars performance

Ghana’s ministry responsible for sports has summoned the leadership of the country’s Football Association over what it describes as the “abysmal performance” of the senior national team, the Black Stars, at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The emergency meeting, scheduled for Friday January 12, 2022, according to a statement released by the ministry will “urgently discuss and make decisions aimed at salvaging the performance of the Black Stars especially in the next set of games”.

The Black Stars suffered their worst humiliation in recent years at the ongoing AFCON tournament, knocked out at the bottom of Group C with only one point. The Ghanaians lost their last game to Comoros, handing them their first win and first 3 points in the tournament, beating Ghana to 4th place in the group.

Expressing disappointment and unhappiness with Ghana’s performance in Cameroon, Minister for Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif (MP) in mirroring the mood of the country, said Ghanaians are extremely disappointed with “the abysmal performance and early exit of the Black Stars”. According to the ministry, it shares in the nation’s sentiment.

“With government providing the team with all the needed logistical and financial support, including resources for preparation and participation in the qualifier stage to the tournament and eventually a pre-tournament camping in Qatar, the Ministry is particularly disappointed with the team’s performance”, Mr. Ussif said.

Ghana’s exit from the tournament is the worst performance by the senior national team in an AFCON tournament since 2006 when they were eliminated at the group stage.

Calls have already started for the dismissal of the coach, Milovan Rajevac.

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