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Brimah apologises following outburst over Afcon criticisms

11:55 GMT+3 31/01/2017
Razak Brimah Afcon 2017
The Black Stars goalkeeper has retracted his comments after claiming he was unfairly criticised by Ghanaians

Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah has offered his apologies following an outburst on Facebook on Monday over criticism from Ghanaians of his performance at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

The 29-year-old made a late goal-bound save in the quarterfinals victory over DR Congo but has been widely slammed for his ‘poor positioning’, which led to M'poku's equaliser after Jordan Ayew had given Ghana the lead.

Brimah used the 'F' word multiple times in a live video chat to express his frustration but has admitted he got caught up in the emotion of insults directed toward his mothers.

"I have reflected over some comments I made this morning on Facebook and I wish to render my sincere apologies for these unguarded comments," Brimah said in statement.

"I accept that as an ambassador for my country Ghana and a role model for many across the globe, I should not have reacted this way even in the face of the insults directed at my mother. The words I used are unacceptable and offensive and do not represent my true values.

"I hope the general public will accept my apology as I focus on helping the Black Stars to win the Africa Cup of Nations title. I also want to use this opportunity to thank the fans for the overwhelming support they have given the Black Stars that has helped us to reach this stage of the competition," he added.

Ghana are in the semi-finals of the 2017 Afcon for a record sixth consecutive times, and will lock horns with Cameroon on Thursday but reports suggest that Brimah could face a Ghana FA sanction for his comments and be benched by Avram Grant in the upcoming encounter.

Enyimba International goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is likely to earn his first appearance in the tournament.

Brimah made his debut Black Stars appearance against Turkey in 2013 and now boosts of 27 appearances. He was part of the Black Stars squad that lost the 2015 Afcon title on penalties to Cote d'Ivoire.