Ministry of Youth and Sports release press statement after crunch meeting with GFA

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) has released a press statement after it held a crunch meeting with the country’s leading football governing body, Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The meeting between the two bodies came on after the Black Stars’ shocking exit from the 2021 TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

Ghana were knocked out of the AFCON on Tuesday evening after a 3-2 defeat to minnows Comoros. The team for the first time in their history bowed out of an AFCON campaign without winning a single game.

Ghana commenced the competition with a 1-0 defeat to Morocco, before throwing an early lead to draw 1-1 against Gabon in the 2nd game. The Black Stars’ disastrous campaign came to an end on Tuesday evening after they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to minnows Comoros on Tuesday.

Just hours after the team’s shocking exit, MoYS released a press statement summoning the FA to an emergency meeting to on Friday, January 21.

MoYS after the meeting want the Black Stars management committee reconstituted. The Ministry also wants GFA to review the work and capacity of the Black Stars’ technical team, led by the head coach, Milovan Rajevac.

The statement read: “The Ministry of Youth and Sports this afternoon met with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to review the performance of the Black Stars at the AFCON Cameroon 2021, and also to discuss preparations towards the World Cup 2022 playoffs.

“Following the emergency meeting, the Ministry, in accordance with its mandate, asked the Ghana Football Association to reconstitute the Black Stars Management Committee.

“During the frank and forward-looking discussions, the Ministry emphasized strongly the disappointment of the Ghanaian people and their Government in the national team’s poor showing, ending in our group stage elimination at the AFCON 2021.

“The Ministry made it clear to the GFA that the people of Ghana have lost confidence in the capacity of the current technical team of the Black Stars to deliver success.

“The Ministry, therefore, asked the GFA to review the work and capacity of the Black Stars’ technical team, led by the head coach, Milovan Rajevac.

“The Ministry assures the General Public that it will always act in the best interest of the country and with the ultimate goal of improving the performance and competitiveness of our National teams,” the statement ended.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars will know their opponents for the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers tomorrow, January 23.

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