Black Stars captain Andre Dede Ayew has publicly apologized for the team’s underwhelming performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.
Despite high expectations, the Black Stars faced early elimination from Group B, managing only two points from three games, including a 1-2 defeat against Cape Verde and 2-2 draws with Mozambique and Egypt.
Ayew participated in just two of the group stage matches, both ending in losses and draws for the country. In his final appearance, coming on as a substitute, he conceded a penalty to Mozambique, preventing Ghana from securing a crucial victory due to a handball incident.
The team’s overall performance, along with individual players like Ayew, faced intense scrutiny following their lackluster campaign, reigniting discussions about his potential retirement from international duties.
Responding to swift criticism from disappointed Ghanaians, Captain Andre Dede Ayew released a video Tuesday night, expressing regret and taking full responsibility for the team’s performance.
“As the captain of the squad, I take full responsibility for what happened on the pitch. For the playing body, we should have done better,” Ayew stated in the apology, released exactly a week after the team’s elimination.
The Ghana Football Association, in a statement on Tuesday, also conveyed its sincerest apologies to the nation, acknowledging the subpar campaign and falling short of expectations.
“We understand the disappointment and frustration that such results can bring to our passionate football-loving nation. We take full responsibility for the disappointment,” the GFA said.