Avram Grant resigns as Ghana head coach after AFCON semi-final exit

Avram Grant has stood down from his job as Ghana head coach after they were knocked out in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

The 62-year-old former Chelsea, West Ham and Portsmouth boss resigns after more than two years in the role.

Grant led the Black Stars to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where they lost on penalties to Ivory Coast, but they were beaten in this year’s last-four by eventual winners Cameroon

“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

“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.”

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