Andre Ayew of Ghana gets away from Yacouba Sylla of Mali during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Mali at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 21 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Friday Feb 03, 2017. 17:30
Ghana vice-captain Andre Ayew felt that Cameroon were the better side against them in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final clash on Thursday.
The Black Stars of Ghana were brushed aside 2-0 by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the Stade de Franceville in the Gabonese city of Franceville.
“We didn’t play our game. We didn’t manage to do what we know how to do best and we have to be honest in admitting that Cameroon deserved the victory tonight [last night]," Ayew told SuperSport.com.
"I felt that our guys were tired. We had a lot of travelling and blah, blah, blah but those are just excuses. We didn’t play our game today and that’s it. We didn’t do what we had to do so we are very disappointed and now we have to start preparing for the next few years.
“Cameroon played well today, we didn’t play our football and so we needed to stay calm. Just reflect on your mistakes, go home," he said.
"Big teams went home earlier and so we just have to relax and don’t get… we know in our country it is going to be difficult because they are not happy because they were expecting the cup which is normal.
"When you have players like you have in the Ghana team you expect the cup so we are going to go home, keep quiet, work hard and we will see in two years."
The Black Stars are now preparing for their third-place play-off clash with Burkina Faso at the Stade de Port-Gentil on Saturday.