The captain of the Black Stars, Andre Dede’ Ayew, has expressed his sincere regret to Ghanaians for the team’s lackluster showing at the 2023 African Cup of Nations.
The Le Havre player said that he accepts full responsibility for the team’s poor performance at the competition because he is the captain.
In a video apology sent to his social media accounts, Dede Ayew predicted the squad would succeed.
“As the captain of the squad, I take full responsibility for what happened on the pitch for the playing body,” he said.
“In Football, these are things that happen. These are things that make you stronger. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger individually and collectively.”
Ghana came in third amongst Cape Verde, Egypt, and Mozambique in their group, missing out on a spot in the Round of 16.
Following a 2-1 loss to Cape Verde, the Black Stars drew 2-2 with Egypt and Mozambique to ensure Ghana’s elimination from the competition.
The Black Stars’ wait for their fifth AFCON trophy has now lasted 42 years after they were eliminated from the tournament during the group stages for the second time in a row.