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Avram Grant resigns after disappointing AFCON campaign

Tuesday 7th February , 2017 11:10 am
Black Stars coach Avram Grant (Image credit: Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh/ Images Image)
Black Stars coach Avram Grant (Image credit: Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh/ Images Image)

Ghana coach Avram Grant has resigned from his post as head coach of Ghana’s Black Stars with barely two weeks to the end of his contract.

The 60-year-old Israeli coach signed a 28-month contract with the Ghana Football Association in 2015 following a troubled 2014 World Cup campaign.

Citi Sports sources close to the Ghana Football Association say that a meeting was organised on Tuesday morning to assess the performance of the team in the 2017 AFCON and also to discuss the future of the coach.

However, Grant had already prepared his resignation and tendered it in. He is also said to have wished the GFA well in its future endeavours.

He released a statement in which he said:

“After an extremely amicable meeting with the president of the Ghana FA and following more than two successful years in charge of the national team, I have informed Mr. Nyantakyi that time is right for me to move on to a new challenge and I thank him for the opportunity.

I have hugely enjoyed my time in Ghana taking over the disastrous 2014 World Cup Cup campaign and rebuilding the squad to reach the final in the African Cup of Nations and also the semi-final of this year’s competition.

I am proud of the fact that I am leaving extremely professional strong squad of players of a good age who I amsure will go on to achieve great success in the future.

The passion and loyalty of the supporters is something I will always remember.”

The former West Ham United and Former Portsmouth coach led the Black Stars to a second place finish in his first Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea but failed to reach the final in the just-ended edition in Gabon.

The team eventually ended 4th after losing 1-0 to Burkina Faso in the 3rd place playoff.

Grant was in charge of Ghana for 29 games; winning 14, drawing 8 and losing 7.

The search for Grant’s successor may begin in a few weeks with Morocco head coach Herve Renard and Uganda head coach Milutin Sredojevic being tipped as favourites for the post.

 

 

 

By: Citi Sports Desk

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