Ghana’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-2 draw against Mozambique in the final group match highlighted a number of important aspects. The Black Stars, who were aiming for redemption after their early exit, faced disappointment once again. Here are the notable observations made:
Chris Hughton And The Technical Team Under Surveillance
The performances and results strongly suggest that former Brighton manager Chris Hughton’s tenure could come to an end following Ghana’s exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The team’s lackluster performances, selection of Questionable players, substitutions and general tactics indicate a poorly coached team lacking determination.
Low Intensity After The First Goal
Despite taking the lead through Jordan Ayew’s penalty, the Black Stars seemed to have lost momentum and struggled to match Mozambique’s efforts. Hughton’s introduction of the double pivot, especially after Majeed Ashimeru’s injury, failed to stem Mozambique’s pressure. Ghana received yellow cards and eventually blew a 2-0 lead to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Jordan Ayew’s Heroics
Amid heavy criticism, Jordan Ayew stepped up when needed, scoring a brace and taking his goal tally for the Black Stars to 21. His excellent performance put him in position for the Man of the Match award, earning him a glimmer of hope in what has otherwise been a disappointing campaign.
Double Pivot Concerns
The loss of Majeed Ashimeru proved to be a major blow as Ghana struggled in both halves. Hughton’s reliance on a double defensive pivot, with underperforming players such as Baba Iddrisu and Abdul Salis Samed, has raised concerns about the team’s adaptability and attacking strategy. In the end, his team failed to attack when it blew a two-goal lead.
Farewell To André Ayew
The ongoing tournament marks the end of potentially an era for Black Stars captain Andre Ayew. With the team’s inability to achieve victory and Ayew’s outstanding contributions, perhaps the time has come for the captain to retire from international competitions, especially after entering the Hall of Fame as a most prolific artist.