Asamoah Gyan of Ghana challenged by Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Thursday Feb 09, 2017. 17:00
Asamoah Gyan believes Ghana must put their focus on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup to get over their disappointing AFCON campaign.
Ghana finished fourth at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, having been eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champions Cameroon.
It was another disappointing continental tournament for the West African giants, who have not won the competition since 1982
However, Gyan believes they must put this behind them and focus on qualifying for a fourth successive World Cup.
This will be no easy task for the Black Stars, who find themselves five points adrift of leaders Egypt in their qualifying pool. Only the top team from each of the five pools in the African zone qualify for the 2018 finals in Russia.
"For now we just have to focus on the World Cup qualifiers, we have a game in a couple of months’ time and we have to win,” Gyan told Metro TV, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.
On the failed AFCON campaign, Gyan added, "Is disappointing, we are all disappointed and I know Ghanaians are disappointed as well, much was expected from us.”
Ghana’s next match in the 2018 qualifiers sees them host Congo on August 28. They will face the same opponents away from home five days later on September 2.