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2021 Africa Cup of Nations: Kurt Okraku lauds Black Stars players dedication despite disappointing exit

Published on: 20 January 2022

Ghana Football Association president Kurt Okraku has lauded the dedication of Black Stars players despite the team’s disappointing exit from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to Okraku, the players were committed to the course and it’s unfortunate they failed to make the country proud in Cameroon.

Ghana crashed out with a point and without a win to confirm their worst ever performance since their Afcon in 1963.

“Each one of the 28 players went into the preparatory period and this tournament with a clean heart, with the heart to support and fight for Ghana,” Okraku told TV3 on Thursday after Black Stars arrived at dawn.

“These players for the first time never spoke about money. I have not been part of the national team before, this is my first time but this is a group of dedicated players who never spoke about money.

They never discussed money, they wanted glory for our dear country but the glory didn’t come. That’s why I keep saying that we need to support this group of players because they are very, very dedicated.

“They went through pain to make themselves available to the technical team for selection. It didn’t work, that’s why they share in the pain of Ghanaians. But that’s why we also have to support them to be able to bring their minds and body back together again to represent our country. They are the best we have,” he concluded.

Black Stars must now focus on the World Cup play-offs.

They will know their opponents on Friday, January 21 when the draw is conducted in Douala.

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