Coach Avram Grant will leave the Ghana national team after the African Nations Cup
Posted: 4 February 2017 Time: 18:36
Avram Grant will leave his post as coach of Ghana after Saturday’s African Nations Cup third place play-off match against Burkina Faso, officials confirmed.
Grant’s two-year contract is not to be renewed and the search already on for a successor, senior Ghana Football Association officials said.
The former Chelsea manager took over as Ghana coach one month before the last Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and took the side to the final where they narrowly lost to the Ivory Coast on post-match penalties.
At the tournament in Gabon, Ghana reached the semifinals but were beaten 2-0 by Cameroon in Port Gentil on Thursday.
Grant, who turns 62 on Sunday, has hinted at his exit earlier in the tournament when he told reporters. “I came for two years in Ghana, we extended to two years and three months because we qualified for the Nations Cup.
"I will always take good memories from here, but hopefully the last memory will be the best one."
But after Thursday’ semifinal defeat he avoided questions about his immediate future, saying “now is not the time to talk about this”.
Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was no desire to keep the Israeli in place as Grant had spent not enough time in Ghana during his tenure. The team had also made a poor start to the group phase of their World Cup qualifiers and have a single point from two games, already five behind group leaders Egypt.
Ghana’s semifinal exit on Thursday added to frustrations. They have now qualified for an unprecedented six successive semifinal appearances since 2008 but been unable to turn that consistency into success. Ghana’s last Nations Cup victory was 35 years ago.
“I wanted to be in the final. It is very annoying to lose because we were the better side, and we lost,” said Grant after Thursday’s loss in Franceville.
“My team is a good generation despite not winning a major title. Last time (in 2015), we lost on penalties in the final. Now, we have lost at the semifinal stage. I think they deserved more than this.”