Although the last time Ghana won an Africa Cup was in 1982, they have done so four times. Only Egypt and Cameroon have achieved this more often. The Pharaohs and the Indomitable Lions triumphed seven times and five times respectively in the final.
Despite the presence of some stars, the Black Stars remained winless even against outsiders
The Black Stars, who are 52nd in the FIFA rankings, therefore have grand expectations ahead of every AFCON. And at the one in Cameroon, the Ghanaian team had to bow out of the tournament in the preliminary round. What is more, they took home just one point. In Group C, Ghana recorded a 0-1 against Morocco, a 1-1 against Gabon and a 2-3 against the Comoros. The Lions of the Atlas represent the second-best team on the continent. However, the Black Stars faced the world number 89 and the world number 132 in their other two matches.
And there, a team with players who earn their money in the English Premier League should not miss a beat. But Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) and Thomas Partey (Arsenal) fell short of expectations. The same was true of Jordan Ayew, who competes in the Championship with Welsh club Swansea City, and his brother André Ayew of al-Sadd.
Rajevac second team boss era ended after a few months
We will see how the premature exit from the Africa Cup will impact the squad. However, it is already clear that the Serbian team manager Milovan Rajevac had to take his leave after four months. For the 68-year-old Serbian, it was his second period as Ghanaian team coach. After all, he managed the Black Stars from 2008 to 2010, when he made football history by reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup finals in South Africa.
Now the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is once again looking for a team boss. The plan is to sign a younger coach. If this does not happen within a short period, an interim one will be on the sidelines in the World Cup play-offs.
Also Nigeria will compete in the World Cup play-offs with a new team coach
Ghana will play against Nigeria. Here, the Black Stars will have the first leg at home on 24 March, before visiting the Super Eagles five days later. The Nigerian national team, ranked 36th in the FIFA rankings, will also compete in these matches with a new team coach.
Portuguese José Peseiro succeeds interim coach Augustine Eguavoen, who in turn replaced German Gernot Rohr. With Eguavoen, Nigeria reached the last sixteen, where they were beaten by Tunisia, who on paper are the fourth-best national team in Africa.
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