2021 AFCON: We cannot keep conceding late goals - Asamoah Gyan laments Ghana draw

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Cup of Nations 2021 AFCON: We cannot keep conceding late goals - Asamoah Gyan laments Ghana draw
JAN 17, 2022 LISTEN

Former Ghana striker and captain, Asamoah Gyan believes the Black Stars deserved to win against Gabon in their second group game on Friday in the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Jim Allevinah scored in 88 minutes to cancel out Andre Ayew’s superb first-half strike at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde in the second Group C game.

The draw leaves Ghana at the 3rd position with just a point, needing a win over Comoros in their last group game and hoping other results go in their favour.

Milovan Rajevac’s team lost their opening game to Morocco and needed a reaction against The Panthers, but got none.

“I am not a happy man,” the Ghana all-time top scorer said on SuperSport.

“We deserved the three points but we lost a bit of concentration and we conceded the goal in the last minute.

“We cannot keep conceding goals in the latest stages of the game.”

Gyan then espoused: “I think Iddrisu’s injury was a big blow for Ghana. When he left you could see the equilibrium and everything changed; the style of play changed.

“I think we should have brought in two offensive midfielders to be able to kill the game. We sat back too much, we were defending too much.

“We were in control of the game, you cannot sit back when you have control of the game. You have to try and kill the game.

“The Gabonese weren’t that dangerous and we could have gone forward and got the goal but we sat back and then we conceded the goal in the latest stages of the game.

“I am not a happy man. Right now, we have to go home and start calculating. …we should have won this game but it is football, let’s see what happens in the next game.

“We have to go home with our heads high and we see what happens in the next game.”

The Atlas Lions are already through to the last-16 with 6 points after beating the Black Stars and Comoros while The Panthers have four points. Ghana has one point, Comoros is yet to register a point.

The four-time African champions, who have not won a title in 40 years, take on Comoros on Tuesday, January 18 in their final Group C game while Gabon come up against Morocco in the other group game.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Sports Journalist