June 15, 2024 7:11 am

AFCON 2021: Ghana makes history, sets new record despite premature Cup of Nations exit

Ghana marked their 23rd Africa Cup of Nations campaign with glimpses of hope for Ghanaians, but their second-rate performance leaves the thirty million Ghanaian population with nothing but an unpleasing history to forget.

Ghana was faced by a scare of exiting the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon with the worst ever campaign tag in their 58-year AFCON journey after failing to secure a point from their last group encounter with debutants, Comoros Islands.

The Coelacanths 3-2 victory over the Black Stars made it Ghana’s fifth (5th) time of exiting the Cup of African Nations (CAN) in the group stage, after similar incidents in the years 1980, 1984, 1998 and 2006.

Meanwhile, in their previous 22 times appearances at the AFCON, Ghana had never exited the tournament without winning a single game, or without amassing at least 2 points to their credit.

However, the early exit of the Black Stars from the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon means a new record has been set, and history has been made, one that is of no value to the proud Ghanaian.

In the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Nigeria, Ghana played 3 matches in the group stage, won 1, drew 1 and lost 1 and exited the tournament with 3 points.

Similarly, Ghana produced another low output at the 1984 AFCON in Ivory Coast, where they played three matches at the group stage, won 1, lost 2 and exited the tournament with 2 points.

In Burkina Faso 1998, Ghana played 3 matches at the group stage, won 1, lost 2 and exited with 3 points.

The last time Ghana had failed to progress from the group stage of the AFCON was in Egypt 2006 where 16 teams competed. In 2006, Ghana played three matches, won one and lost two, exiting with 3 points.

From the above statistics, Ghana has always managed to win at least one game at the group stages of the Cup of Nations, where they progress from the group or otherwise.

However, this record which has stood for the past 58 years (since 1963 when Ghana made a debut in the tournament) has now been broken following their exit from the current edition.

Ghana suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss to debutants Comoros on Tuesday during their last game in Group C of the 2021 AFCON, which means Ghana have, for the first time, exited the tournament with just 1 point in 3 matches after losing to Morocco, drawing with Gabon and falling to Comoros.

Captain Andre Ayew was dismissed in the early stages of the game following a tackle on the Comoros goalkeeper, which the VAR ruled that to be an offence worth enough for a dismissal.

Ghana’s 2021 AFCON campaign has now been confirmed as the worst ever in the history of the country – a new record.

Source: Ghanasportspage

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