Asamoah Gyan of Ghana challenged by Ali Gabr of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Saturday Feb 04, 2017. 23:13
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations was another tournament where Ghana failed to live up to expectations, finishing in fourth place to extend their long, long wait for a fifth continental crown.
Avram Grant – who officially leaves his post now that their AFCON campaign is complete – will look back at Gabon 2017 as a chance missed for the Black Stars, who started strongly by defeating both Uganda and Mali in their opening group matches to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
A defeat to Egypt in their third game meant they finished second in the pool and were drawn against a dangerous DR Congo in the quarterfinals, but it was a challenge which inspired Ghana. Goals from Jordan and Andre Ayew took them to a famous win and they seemed to have all the momentum needed to win a first AFCON crown since 1982.
Yet Cameroon had other ideas, with the Indomitable Lions defeating Ghana 2-0 in the semifinals to crush their hopes of glory. Grant’s side went on to lose the third-place playoff 1-0 to Burkina Faso, but it was a minor disappointment compared to the pain of missing out on the championship match.