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09.07.2019 Cup of Nations

AFCON 2019: 'I Take Full Responsibility For Black Stars AFCON Exit' - Andre Ayew

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
AFCON 2019: 'I Take Full Responsibility For Black Stars AFCON Exit' - Andre Ayew

Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Ayew has implored Ghanaians not to blame any player for the country's exit from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations insisting he takes full responsibility for the elimination.

Ghana suffered an elimination after losing 5-4 on penalties to the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia on Monday after sharing spoils in regulation time.

Despite the team's failure to end the 37 year's trophyless jinx, Swansea City forward Andre Ayew has heaped praises on his teammates for the commitment they exhibited throughout their stay in the competition.

"We are really disappointed to have not gone through the next stage because this game was in our hands especially when we equalized but that's football and we need to take heart and stay strong and work again," he said.

"The entire team gave their everything but like I said after the 90 minutes when the Tunisians were tired we dominated but we couldn't get the second goal. The penalty is a 50-50 game sometimes you're lucky and sometimes you're not but I want to congratulate all the players because they showed a lot of determination.

"We worked really hard from Dubai, we coped with all we wanted and fought as a team, Ghanaian and leader. No player here should be hold responsible, as a leader of the team I take all responsibilities for the players and we're going to work and make sure we come back stronger," he added.

Tunisia will engage Madagascar in the quarterfinals stage on Thursday, July 11.

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