26.01.2008 Sports News

Le Roy leans to Gyan’s defence

By Ghana FA
Le Roy leans to Gyan’s defence
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Ghana coach, Claude Le Roy says he will still stick with striker, Asamoah Gyan, despite the player coming under attack from fans at the African Cup of Nations.

Gyan, was singled out for blame after Ghana struggled to beat Namibia 1-0 on Thursday at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Group A.

The striker, who was taken off in the second half, was booed off by the expectant home crowd on the night.

However, Claude Le Roy has learned to his striker's defence.

“My confidence in him has not waned one bit. He wasn't as bad in the Namibia game as he has been made to look. For me he is one of the most skilful strikers and he works hard for the team. It's only a problem of confidence so I will stick with him.”

“He fought everywhere, every time, every minute during this (against Namibia) game but he was unlucky.

“The problem of a striker is to score one goal and when you don't score one goal, the next opportunity you are a little bit under pressure.

“But I have a lot of confidence in Asamoah Gyan. I know that he would be back for the next game,” Le Roy said.

Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan has received the backing of strike partner, Junior Agogo, who scored the match winner for Ghana.

“I am really hoping that on Monday against Morocco, Asamoah Gyan will prove a few people wrong. Those of us who work with him have confidence in him. If he scores on Monday, you lot will say he is the best striker in the world again,” he told reporters.

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