Ghana coach Avram resigns after Nations Cup fourth place

Reuters , Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Feb 2017

Ghana's Israeli coach Avram Grant reacts during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Cameroon and Ghana in Franceville on February 2, 2017. (AFP)

Ghana coach Avram Grant has left his post after failing to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

"After an extremely amicable meeting with the president of Ghana FA, and following more than two successful years in charge of the national team, I've informed Mr Nyantakyi that time is right for me to move on to a new challenge and I thank him for the opportunity," the former Chelsea coach told Ghanaian media Tuesday.

Ghana, who made it to their six successive Nations Cup semi-finals, lost in the match for third place against Burkina Faso Saturday.

"I've hugely enjoyed my time in Ghana taking over after the disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign and rebuilding the squad to reach the final in the African Cup of Nations for only the second time in 23 years, and also the semi final of this year's competition," Grant said. 

"I'm proud of the fact that I'm leaving an extremely professional, strong squad of players of a good age, who I'm sure will go on to achieve great success in the future."

"The passion and loyalty of the supporters is something I'll always remember," the Israeli coach added. 

"Grant’s two-year contract will not be renewed and the search is on for a successor," senior Ghana Football Association officials told Reuters.

The former Chelsea manager took over as Ghana coach one month before the 2016 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and took the side to the final where they lost to Ivory Coast on penalties.

At the tournament in Gabon, Ghana reached the semi-finals but were beaten 2-0 by Cameroon in Port Gentil on Thursday.

Grant avoided questions about his future, saying now was not the time to talk it.

Ghana made a poor start in their World Cup qualifying group with a single point from two games.

Ghana's last victory in the AFCON was 35 years ago.

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