Former Black Stars defender John Painstil insists Ghana's AFCON was embarrassing

Former Black Stars defender John Painstil insists Ghana's AFCON was embarrassing

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Former Ghana defender John Painstil has been left disappointed by Ghana's performance at the Africa Cup of Nations
  • The Black Stars exited the tournament at the group stages for the first time since 2006 in Egypt
  • John Painstil says it is embarrassing that the four times African champions to lost to Comoros in the final group game

John Painstil, a former Black Stars defender, has described Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations performance as an embarrassment following the country's first round exit.

The four times champions were beaten by Comoros Island 3-2 as they disappointingly left the tournament after three games.

Paintsil, who was speaking to the BBC, said it's an embarrassment to be bundled out of the tournament the way the did.

John Painstil playing for Ghana at the World Cup. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanafaofficial @ghanasoccernet
Former Black Stars defender John Painstil insists Ghana's AFCON was embarrassing. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanafaofficial @ghanasoccernet
Source: Twitter
"I can't say it is embarrassing to finish last because we lost to Comoros. These days football's dynamic has changed and every football nation needs to be respected. This Comoros team came and proved themselves on the world stage," he told BBC Sports Africa.
"We are not embarrassed because of our opponents, we are embarrassed because Ghana is a big football nation, not just in Africa but across the world," he added.

This is the first time since 2006 that the Black Stars were eliminated at the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations. It is also the first time Ghana did not win a game in their 23 appearances at the competition.

The Black Stars have arrived in Ghana after the disappointment with the FA summoned by the Sports Ministry for an emergency meeting.

The team will find out their World Cup play-offs opponent on Saturday when the draw is made.

K.P Boateng not giving up on Ghana call up

Earlier, reported that, German-born Ghanaian international, Kevin Prince-Boateng has reminded the technical handlers and management of the Black Stars he is ready to return to the national team.

The 34-year-old Hertha Berlin star, had earlier tweeted after the Morocco defeat that, the Black Stars should call him.

And ahead of the match against Comoros on Tuesday, which will be a decider of the team's progress to the last 16, Boateng tweeted he is still waiting.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.