CAN 2008: LeRoy gets new contract

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Despite the failure of the Black Stars to achieve the “host and win” dream of Ghanaians, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) says it is satisfied with the performance of French coach, Claude Le Roy and will give him a new contract when the current agreement expires at the end of this month

The position of the GFA is at variance with the thinking of many Ghanaians who believe the Black Stars were eliminated because of the technical ineptitude of the coach and have been clamouring for his dismissal. Despite such overwhelming public blame of the coach, Randy Abbey, GFA spokesman, says the Frenchman has impressed in his two-year stay and merits a contract extension.

Commenting on the GFA position, the French coach said he was surprised to hear of the GFA’s intentions. “I am very grateful for the confidence the GFA has shown in me and I am also ready to work with the team in the future… It is unusual for an African football association to give its vote of confidence a day after it has lost a crucial game, so this gesture means a lot to me.”

Ghana played six matches in CAN 2008, won five and lost one, the crucial semi-final match to Cameroon 0-1. Ghana beat Guinea 2-1, Namibia 1-0, Morocco 2-0, Nigeria 1-0 and Cote d’Ivoire 4-2.

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