Ghana marked their 23rd Africa Cup of Nations campaign with glimpses of hope for Ghanaians, but their second-rate performance leaves the thirty million Ghanaian population with nothing but an unpleasing history to forget.
Ghana was faced by a scare of exiting the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon with the worst ever campaign tag in their 58-year AFCON campaign, should they fail to win against Comoros in their last game in Group C on Tuesday. Ghana indeed did fail to prove superior over the tournament debutants as they are left stunned by a 3-2 defeat to The Coelacanths.
The scoreline means Ghana have failed to advance from the group stage of the AFCON tournament for the fifth (5th) time in history. In the years 1980, 1984, 1998, 2006 and now 2021, Ghana failed to go past the group stages.
Meanwhile, in their previous 22 times appearances at the AFCON, Ghana had never exited the tournament without winning a single game, or without amassing at least 2 points to their credit. However, the early exit of the Black Stars from the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon means a new record has been set, and history has been made, one that is of no value to the proud Ghanaian.
In 1980 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Nigeria, Ghana played 3 matches in the group stage, won 1, drew 1 and lost 1 and exited the tournament with 3 points.
Similarly, Ghana produced another low output at the 1984 AFCON in Ivory Coast, where they played three matches at the group stage, won 1, lost 2 and exited the tournament with 2 points. In Burkina Faso 1998 tournament, Ghana played 3 matches at the group stage, won 1, lost 2 and exited with 3 points. The last time Ghana failed to progress from the group stage of the AFCON was in Egypt 2006 where 16 teams competed. In 2006, Ghana played three matches, won one and lost two, exiting with 3 points.
From the above statistics, Ghana has always managed to win at least one game at the group stages of the Cup of Nations, where they progress from the group or otherwise. However, this record which has stood for the past 58 years (since 1963 when Ghana made a debut in the tournament) has now been broken following their exit from the current edition.
Ghana suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss to debutants Comoros on Tuesday during their last game in Group C of the 2021 AFCON, which means Ghana have, for the first time, exited the tournament with just 1 point in 3 matches after losing to Morocco, drawing with Gabon and falling to Comoros. Captain Andre Ayew was dismissed in the early stages of the game following a tackle on the Comoros goalkeeper, which after watching the playback, the VAR ruled that to be an offence enough worth of a dismissal. The 2021 Ghana’s AFCON campaign has now been confirmed as the worst ever in the history of the country – a new record.
The Black Stars are due back home while the tournament continues. Comoros are now part of the best third placed ranked teams, and stand a chance of qualifying to the last 16 depending on the results from games that will be played on this day, January 19.
Ashantigold demoted to Division Two for match manipulation
Ghana Premier League side, Ashantigold Sporting Club, has been demoted to Division Two, Ghana’s 3rd tier league, after being found guilty of match manipulation.
The action relates to a Ghana Premier League game at the end of the 2020/2021 season when Ashantigold beat Inter Allies by 7-0. An Allies player, Hashmin Musah, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to spoil a bet placed on the said game.
The club’s President, Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, who is the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been banned from football activities for 10 years and 8 years respectively.
Eight players of the club have also been banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, while a further five players have also been handed four year bans for failure to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.
In addition, the club has been fined an amount of Ghs 100,000, the President fined Ghs 100,000 and the CEO fined Ghs 50,000.
The decision will take effect from the 2022/2023 season.
Read the full ruling here.
GFA President Kurt Okraku co-opted to CAF Executive Committee
President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, has been co-opted into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.
The Ghana FA President is among five leaders of Africa’s regional bodies being co-opted to serve on the CAF Executive Committee.
Okraku is President of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B.
The move is part of CAF’s plans to make all regional Football Association heads members of the continental football governing body’s highest decision-making committee.
CECAFA boss Wallace Karia of Tanzania, UNIFFAC leader Jean Guy Blaise Mayolas from DR Congo, WAFU A leader Mustapha Raji of Liberia and Libya FA President Alshelmani Abdulhakim Abraheem of UNAF are among those named. COSAFA elects a new leader in the coming days.
The 50-year old was named WAFU Zone B President after securing unanimously approved as the new leader of the regional body by the all seven member associations.
He took charge following the decision of the incumbent Djibrilla Hima Hamidou to step down from the position, one year before the end of his mandate.
GFA bans Steadfast FC, Baffour and Soccer Academy indefinitely
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned Steadfast FC and Baffour Soccer Academy from hosting games on their home grounds over assault on some players and club officials of Sky FC and Tamale City FC.
Some fans of Steadfast FC in their Division one game against Nsoatreman assaulted the visitors which led to some officials and players getting injured, with some fans of Baffour Soccer Academy also beat up players and officials of Tamale City.
GFA in an official statement released today said the GFA would fix venues for upcoming home matches for the sanctioned clubs and would take into consideration the distance to be travelled by the away teams.
The ban was exercised according to Article 14(2) of the Division One League Regulations which stipulates that: “The GFA may order the closure of any league centre/venue where the safety of clubs, match officials and/or spectators cannot be guaranteed”.
The GFA Prosecutors have been tasked to study all the evidence and match reports and proffer appropriate charges immediately for the Disciplinary Committee to sit on the cases expeditiously.
The GFA demands that the teams shall assist the Regional Police to arrest persons involved in the attack.
The GFA sent a strong note of caution to clubs that the slightest harassment or attack on Players Team Officials, Match Officials including Venue Media Officers shall be dealt with severely and swiftly.
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