The Black Stars of Ghana were one of the favourites going into this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), but the recurrent disappointment of the team took another twist yet again, thereby leading to the extension of Ghana’s 35-years trophy-less drought to 37-years.
Some players in the Black Stars team failed to meet the expectations of many Ghanaians, considering the quality they posses, nonetheless there has been some stand out performers for the Black Stars as well.
Here are the four who couldn’t excel for Ghana in this year’s competition.
1. Avram Grant
Black Stars head coach, Avram Grant, reassured Ghanaians about the team’s preparedness and zeal to win this years AFCON, after losing to the Elephants of
Ivory Coast on penalties in the 2015 edition of the competition.
His tactical prowess proved inferior, as he couldn’t match the likes of Cameroonian coach, Hugo Broos, who instilled in his team a sense of metal toughness which made them prevail in this year’s tournament.
The Former Chelsea boss, was one of the top notch coaches in this year’s tournament considering his per-degree, but after failing to help Ghana win its first trophy since
1982, he makes the cut for the worst performers for Ghana in this year’s competition.
2. Razak Brimah
Ghana’s first choice goalkeeper, Razak Brimah, had a disastrous tournament and one he would never forget for the rest of his life. Prior to the tournament, they were agitations by many Ghanaian football enthusiast about the quality he presents to the team , and how he will prove crucial to Ghana’s success at this year’s tournament.
The Corodoba goalkeeper, had a sub-standard tournament as he demonstrated lack of confidence, didn’t show mental toughness, poor timing, just to mention a few.
His unfortunate social media comments engulfed his potential in the post, as his international career remains in a limbo.
3. John Boye
The Sivaspor defender failed to command the defensive line of Ghana considering his experience. Having featured for the Black Stars in recent international competition, Boye,
failed to establish his authority, as he was overshadowed by Leicester’s City Daniel Amartey, who enjoyed a full run of matches for the Black Stars which enabled him secure a place in CAF’s Team of the tournament.
His indecisiveness in defence prove costly for the Stars, as they were unable to break the 35-years trophy-less jinx at this year’s competition.
4. Andre Ayew
The West Ham forward was certainly the one to lead the Stars for continental glory considering his quality and stature. His flawless charisma on the field of play
would certainly prove crucial for Ghana going into the tournament.
But the talented forward failed in his quest to lead the Stars once again especially after the injury of captain Asamoah Gyan. A. Ayew couldn’t compliment the effort of his brother Jordan Ayew and Christian Atsu who were very influential in the Stars team.
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