Ghana coach, Milovan Rajevac, has admitted that their opening Group C match against the Atlas Lions of Morocco was a tough game and knew it would be so.
The Black Stars who are on a quest to win their fifth continental title lost 1-0 to the North Africans on Monday.
An 82nd-minute strike by Sofiane Boufal sealed the win for the North African side.
The match seemed destined for a draw until the goal came and for Rajevac, the close nature of the match was something he envisaged looking at the quality of the opposition.
“It was a tough match and we were expecting that because Morocco is one of the best teams on the continent and it was also the opening match of the group," the Serbian told the press after the game.
"We did not take our chances in the game and I think the Moroccans were lucky in the end. We were expecting the game to end in a draw.
"I was to congratulate the Moroccans on their win and my boys for fighting really hard. We have two matches left in the group so we have to concentrate on them so we can progress to the next stage,” he added.
- What next?
Ghana takes on Gabon in their second Group C game on Friday before playing Comoros in their final Group C match.