Barely days after returning from the just-ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON) where they placed fourth, Ghana’s Black Stars are without a coach following the resignation of Israeli Avram Grant.
In his last statement, the manager said he had informed the Ghana Football Association (GFA) chief that it was time for him to move on to a new challenge despite having hugely enjoyed his time with the team. he had barely twenty days left on his contract with the football association.
‘‘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 of the AFCON for only the second time in 23 years, and also the semi final of this year’s competition.’‘
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 of the AFCON for only the second time in 23 years, and also the semi final of this year's competition.
Grant's Ghana Brief:— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) February 7, 2017
Appointed Nov 2014.
Last game was 👇 pic.twitter.com/QjBYe6jH22
The former Chelsea manager according to local media networks only confirmed long held speculations within football circles that he was going to leave the job immediately after the AFCON, irrespective of whether the team won it or not.
Grant was handed a 2-year-deal by the Ghana football association in November 2014. He led Ghana to the AFCON in Equatorial Guniea where they were losing finalists beaten by Ivory Coast on penalties.
He has formerly coached local Israeli sides and the national team. At the European club level, he managed Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham United between 2007 – 2011.
A close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, he took the Chelsea job after Mourinho was fired in 2007. He famously led them to the 2008 Champions league final but lost to Manchester United on penalties in Russia’s Luzhniki stadium.