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George Boateng calls for collective evaluation and learning after Ghana’s 2023 AFCON campaign

Following Ghana’s disappointing exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, former assistant coach George Boateng has shared his insights on the necessary steps to be taken. Boateng emphasized the importance of a collective evaluation by the coaching staff, the Ghana Football Association, and players to prevent a recurrence of such setbacks in the future.

Expressing the difficulty of coping with the team’s failure to progress, Boateng acknowledged the inevitability of setbacks in football. He highlighted the need for responsibility acceptance, emphasizing that learning from the experience would be crucial for the coaching staff.

“It was difficult to deal with the fact that you didn’t progress to the next stage but it’s football,” the former Dutch international said on Sky Sports.

“All you can do as a coaching staff is accept responsibility for it, evaluate what went wrong together with the FA and players to help ourselves to make sure that next time when we do get another opportunity, we learn from it.”

Ghana’s elimination from the tournament occurred after finishing third in a challenging group featuring Cape Verde, Egypt, and Mozambique. With a 2-1 loss to Cape Verde and consecutive 2-2 draws against Egypt and Mozambique, the Black Stars fell short of advancing to the Round of 16.

This marks the second consecutive AFCON where Ghana exited at the group stages without securing a victory, prolonging the country’s quest for its fifth AFCON title to 42 years.


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