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Ameenu Shardow reflects on 2023 AFCON disappointment and calls for collective resolve

Ghana’s national football team manager, Ameenu Shardow, has shared his reflections on the disappointing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign, expressing a mix of disappointment and determination to reverse the unfortunate trend.

The Black Stars finished third in Group B with two points following a 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde and draws against Egypt and Mozambique.

Ghana’s elimination marked back-to-back group stage exits from the African Cup of Nations, following a similar outcome in the 2021 edition in Cameroon.

In a social media post, the team manager highlighted the importance of finding and resurrecting the necessary behavior required to guide Ghana towards the desired destination in future competitions.

Despite the current challenge, Shardow remained optimistic, expressing confidence that Ghana’s time would come, especially if they can discover the right formula to overcome the elusive puzzle they faced in the 2023 AFCON.

“I’ve known from long that the AFCON is perhaps the toughest competition to win and thus have always been measured in my expectations of the @GhanaBlackstars going into this tournament. However, this group was good enough to at least progress from the group stage. 

Seeing at first hand how everyone worked tirelessly and not to achieve the minimum target coupled with the massive disappointment inflicted on fellow countrymen makes it even more difficult to take. Sorry alone will never be enough.

 We must together resolve to take all the necessary steps to reverse this unfortunate trend. ‘It takes a village…’ and I hope in these moments, we find and resurrect the requisite behavior required for us to navigate ourselves towards the desired destination. 

Our time will surely come, maybe sooner if we manage to find the right formula to crack what seems an elusive puzzle” Shardow wrote on X.


Daraja Kapoor

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