Alexander Djiku, a defender for the Black Stars, has begged Ghanaians to pardon the senior national team for their heartbreaking 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) elimination.
According to him, the team did not live up to Ghanaians’ expectations.
Alexander Djiku acknowledged that his apology would not ease the suffering endured by Ghanaians, while expressing profound regret for the way that events transpired in the Ivory Coast.
“Words will certainly not be enough to erase the disillusionment. We are disappointed and very sorry for our Ghanaian people that we have failed at this stage of the competition, but if you only knew how grateful we are to have been supported by you, our Ghanaian fans,” Alexander Djiku said.
In a related development, following the Black Stars’ tournament exit, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) dismissed head coach Chris Hughton along with the whole technical staff.
The Black Stars’ technical committee was dissolved after Chris Hughton was fired, according to a statement released by the Ghana Football Association late on Tuesday.
His choices and management of the games have often been questioned by supporters and pundits.
After drawing with Mozambique and Egypt and losing to Cape Verde in the opening game, Ghana was eliminated from the AFCON for the second year in a row at the group stage.
“Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect,” a Ghana Football Association (GFA) statement said.”The executive council has also decided to dissolve the technical team of the Black Stars. “The GFA will in the coming days provide a roadmap on the future direction of the Black Stars.”
Thanks to two penalties from Jordan Ayew, one in each half of the game on Monday, January 22, 2023, the Black Stars appeared to be sailing into the round of sixteen.
However, 91 minutes before Ghana’s hearts were broken by Reinildo Mandava’s header, Geny Catamo pulled one back from the penalty spot.
Ghana placed third in Group B with two points and a goal deficit, while Mozambique finished last.