The Ministry of Youth and Sports will be meeting leadership of the Ghana Football Association tomorrow, Friday, January 21, to discuss issues relating to the poor performance of the senior national team, the Black Stars, at the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations.
A statement signed by the sector Minister, Mustapha Ussif, said, “the entire country is extremely disappointed by the abysmal performance and early exit of the Black Stars from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports shares in the nation’s sentiment.”
According to the statement, the Ministry was disappointed that after so much was invested in the team, their performance was nothing to write home about.
“With the government providing the team 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 in the team’s performance,” it added.
The Ministry assured that it is committed to taking urgent steps to ensure that the Black Stars is restored to its status as a symbol of national pride for all Ghanaians and a powerhouse of African football.
The Black Stars’ campaign ended on Tuesday evening after losing 3-2 to debutants Comoros in Garoua. This followed opening day defeat against Morocco and 1-1 draw with Gabon, meaning Black Stars collected a single point from a possible nine in three games.
Since Ghana’s maiden appearance at Sudan 1957, this is the first time they would be crashing out of the group stage without winning a match. They last failed to progress from their Afcon group in 2006.