Ghanaian forward, Daniel Kofi Kyere, has conceded that the Black Stars did not live up to expectations in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations being held in Cameroon.
He acknowledged that the senior national soccer team has disappointed Ghanaians and all who invested their hope in the team.
In an Instagram post, following the Black Star’s early exit, he said: “There is no excuse for our performance in this tournament, we have disappointed our country and the people who believed in us.”
According to the FC St. Pauli forward, all efforts will be put into making the Black Stars great again to ensure it becomes a force to reckon with in subsequent games.
For Kofi Kyere, “there is no time to talk much, but time to show that we will do it better in the future.”
“I believe where one door closes, another one opens. So we have to keep moving and trust God‘s plan. This is the beginning of a new chapter,” he added.
Prior to the 2021 AFCON tournament, President Akufo-Addo, former President John Mahama, Members of Parliament and the general public made known their unwavering support for the Black Stars.
According to them, the current team has what it takes to bring home the fifth trophy and end the 40 years cup drought.
“The task may be daunting, but it is certainly not insurmountable. I believe that in the current crop of players, we have the talent to match any of the best teams on the continent. We can make the Black Stars a force to reckon with once again on the continent and world football beginning with this tournament. Go for gold, go for the fifth AFCON trophy.
We can do it. I know we can do it. May God bless the Black Stars and us all, and may God bless our homeland Ghana and make her great and strong. I pray we and the Black Stars have a great tournament,” President Akufo-Addo said in his goodwill message to the team.
Despite the encouragement, the Black Stars were unable to deliver; breaking the hearts of many.
Black Stars journey at AFCON 2021
The Black Stars of Ghana on Monday, January 10 faced Morocco in their opening game at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The fixture, played at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo saw Ghana lose to the Atlas Lions of Morocco. The Black Stars were unable to equalise and left the scoreline at 1:0 in the favour of Morocco.
Many were concerned about the not so encouraging start; however, still hopeful the Black Stars will stand on their feet in their subsequent games.
The second game was against Gabon. The January 14th match did not go as expected by many Ghanaians. The Black Stars drew against Gabon, leaving them with just a point.
Their third and final game in Group C against Comoros became the fate deciding match. The Black Stars on Tuesday, January 18, blew away their chance and were sent packing. Comoros beat them by 3 goals to 2.
What next for Black Stars after AFCON
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has summoned the leadership of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for a meeting following the painful exit of the Ghana Black Stars from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
In a press statement, the Ministry said an emergency meeting will be held on Friday, January 21, to “urgently discuss and take decisions aimed at salvaging the performance of the Black Stars, especially in the next set of games.”
This follows calls for the disbandment of the current Black Stars team and the removal of head coach, Milovan Rajevac.