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End of the Road: Ghana on their World Cup Exit

End of the Road: Ghana on their World Cup Exit

Finish: Fourth place, Group stage

(Featured Image: Ghana players | Source: FIFA)

 

For Ghana, the aim of surpassing their quarter-final finish in 2010 South Africa has just ended. They finished at the bottom of the Group in the first round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, suffering inflictions from Germany, the US, and Portugal. Of their three opening matches, the Black Stars only scored one point from one draw and two defeats. The appalling result has caused heartbreak on the part of their supporters, but it also triggered investigations for an alleged anomaly that led to the untimely World Cup exit.

 

The frustration over the result has led the Ghanaian president, John Mahama, to order investigation over the matter. It was the first time that Ghana failed to advance through the knockout stage in three World Cup appearances, which explains why the country leader had suspicions over a possible breach in the team’s integrity as a football powerhouse. With this, Mahama sacked the country’s sports minister and his deputy.

 

The side’s defeat was also hampered by some disciplinary issues committed by their own players. Hours before their final match against Portugal, two footballers were taken out of the ensemble following an alleged assault of a team official and an executive committee member of the national football association. Star player Kevin-Prince Boateng was also rumored to have spoken vulgar insults directed towards team manager Kwesi Appiah.

 

The numerous misdemeanors within the team, alongside poorly executed pitch maneuvers in their matches, were all ugly additions to Ghana’s disappointing stint in the World Cup. The CAF superpowers must set political issues aside and fix a burgeoning problem on personal disciplines if they wish to achieve better standings in their future international campaigns.

 
 
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