The Black Stars have apologised to Ghanaians over their “inability to progress to the knockout phase” of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Uruguay in their final Group H game on Friday (2 December).
A first half brace from Flamengo forward Giorgian de Arrascaeta ensured Uruguay booted Ghana out of the competition for the second time.
Ghana went into the game seeking revenge after the dramatic defeat to the same side 12 years ago, but the opportunity for a payback will elude the Black Stars as Andre Ayew missed a glorious opportunity to score from the spot.
“We regret our inability to progress to the knockout phase of the competition and offer our profound apologies to the government, the people of Ghana and all stakeholders across the globe,” the Ghana FA said in a statement after the game.
Below is the full statement:
The Ghana Football Association is extremely grateful to the government, the Ghanaian people, the football family, corporate Ghana, our esteemed sponsors and supporters for their unflinching, unwavering and unalloyed support during the Black Stars FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 campaign.
We regret our inability to progress to the knockout phase of the competition and offer our profound apologies to the government, the people of Ghana and all stakeholders across the globe.
We believe that valuable lessons have been learnt from our qualification and participation in the tournament and aim to continue with the positives going into the future.
The Ghana Football Association would in due course inform all stakeholders about any further developments concerning the Black Stars.
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