Sports Minister summons Kurt Okraku, others over Black Stars poor showing in Afcon

The Sports Ministry has summoned the leadership of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to an emergency meeting following the Black Stars poor showing in Cameroon.

The meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 21, a statement signed by Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif said on Wednesday January 19.

According to the statement, the meeting will discuss and take decisions aimed at salvaging the performance of the Black Stars especially in the next set of games.

“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,” portions of the statement read.

“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 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 (Egypt).

By: Enoch Fiifi Forson||Ghana

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