Sports news for Saturday January 15, 2022
Ghanaian legend Asamoah Gyan has blamed Baba Iddrisu’s loss of concentration and injury on the Black Stars’ stalemate against Gabon at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
A lackluster second-half performance cost Ghana victory in their crucial AFCON game against Gabon on Friday.
The Black Stars conceded the 89th-minute draw with the Panthers in a game Ghana needed to win to have a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stage.
Captain Andre Ayew led by example by scoring a superb first goal for the Black Stars.
His 10th AFCON goal appeared to have secured three points for the Black Stars, but Jim Allevinah struck from close range late.
Andre Ayew put Ghana ahead midway through the first half, but his strike was canceled out by an 88th-minute equalizer from under-Gabonese Jim Allevinah.
Gyan, who is currently an expert on SuperSports, said he was unhappy with the results and blamed Baba Iddrisu’s loss of concentration and injury for the stalemate.
“I’m not happy, we deserved the three points but I think we lost a bit of concentration and conceded a goal at the last minute. We can’t keep conceding in the later stages of the game”
“I think Baba Iddrisu’s injury was a blow for Ghana because when he left everything changed. I think we could have brought in two attacking midfielders so we could have killed the game. We sat too much , we defended too much, we controlled the game and you can’t sit down when you control a game, you have to try to kill the game”
“The Gabonese weren’t that dangerous so we could have even gone ahead and scored a goal, but we sat down and conceded a goal in the final stages. I’m not a happy man now we have to go home and start calculating who should have won this game, but that’s football so let’s see what happens in the next game,” he said.