Avram Grant resigns as Ghana boss after AFCON failure

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  • Avram Grant guided Ghana to the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations 
  • The former Chelsea manager’s side lost out to eventual champions Cameroon
  • The Ghanian FA had said they would not be renewing Grant’s contract
  • Now the ‘proud’ Israeli has resigned from his post with the Black Stars 

Tom Bassam For Mailonline

Avram Grant has stepped down as head coach of Ghana after failing to guide his side to African Cup of Nations glory.

The former Chelsea and West Ham boss said he is ‘proud’ of his record with the Black Stars and the parting of ways was ‘amicable’.

Prior to his resignation the west African nation had said that Grant’s two-year contract would not be renewed and that they were already searching for his successor.

Avram Grant has stepped down as Ghana coach after failing to guide his side to AFCON glory

The Ghanian FA had already said that Grant's two-year contract would not be renewed

The Ghanian FA had already said that Grant’s two-year contract would not be renewed

Grant took over as Ghana coach one month before the last 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 before losing 1-0 to Burkina Faso in the third-place play-off.

‘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,’ Grant said.

Ghana reached the semi-finals in Gabon but were beaten 2-0 by Cameroon in Port Gentil

Ghana reached the semi-finals in Gabon but were beaten 2-0 by Cameroon in Port Gentil

AVRAM GRANT’S RECORD WITH GHANA 

Games: 27 

Wins: 12 

Draws: 8 

Defeats: 7 

Win percentage: 44.44 

‘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.

‘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.’

Prior to the tournament in Gabon, Ghana made a poor start to their World Cup qualifying group with a single point from two games. Grant’s AFCON failure continued the nation’s 35-year wait for a continental crown.

In the third-place play-off Burkina Faso were able to secure a 1-0, condemning Ghana to third

In the third-place play-off Burkina Faso were able to secure a 1-0, condemning Ghana to third



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