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After a group-stage exit and off the field controversy, the association's president has expressed his regret following a disappointing campaign for the Black Stars in Brazil

The Ghana Football Association has issued a public apology following the national team's early exit from the World Cup.

Four years ago, Ghana were the pride of Africa as they came within a whisker of becoming the first nation from the continent to reach the semi-finals of the competition, only for Uruguay to knock them out on penalties.

And after exiting this year’s tournament in Brazil at the group stage, FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi apologised to the Ghanaian public for the disappointing campaign.

"Admittedly, the performance of the team fell below the expectation of many Ghanaians," Nyantakyi told a news conference on Wednesday.

"Our inability to qualify for the second round broke many Ghanaian hearts. We wish to offer our unqualified apologies for the disappointment."

Much was expected of Kwesi Appiah's side heading to Brazil, but only one point from a possible nine saw them finish bottom of Group G behind Germany, United States and Portugal.

Disappointing displays on the pitch were coupled with chaos off it, as experienced duo Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were both handed indefinite suspensions before the final group game for episodes of indiscipline on the training pitch.

Ghana's stay in South America was also overshadowed by rows over squad appearance fees, and needing a win in their final match against Portugal they were beaten 2-1.

The tournament in Brazil was their third consecutive appearance at a finals, and the first time they have failed to progress from the groups.

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