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“I think tactically, we were focusing more on defending and playing on the counter and it got to a time when we were respecting the Moroccans too much.”
Gyan also questioned why coach Milovan Rajevac decided to make all his four changes after the 86th minute following Sofiane Boufal’s 83rd minute goal for Morocco.
“I was thinking of the last changes that the coach made when he brought on Fatawu (Issahaku) and Benjamin Teteh, those are the substitutions I was thinking he would make but they came after they (Morocco) had scored,” Gyan said.
“It got to a time when we were countering them and we had a couple of counter attacks that we could have done something good about it.
“At the end of the day, I didn’t see any chances created and if you want to win games, you need to create chances. That is the most important thing.
“But if you create chances and you don’t win, the fans or even the coach or even everybody, will be hopeful about the next game.
“But if you don’t create chances, that is when we should be worried.
“But sometimes the Blacks Stars Ghana, we make a very slow start so we hope that in the second game that they can wake up and then put in more urgency and character and deliver.”
The last time Ghana lost an opening group match was at AFCON 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.
Ghana lost 2-1 to Senegal but rebounded to win their subsequent two Group C matches en route to the final where they were defeated 9-8 on post-match penalties by Cote d’Ivoire following a scoreless draw.
Meanwhile, the Black Stars face joint Group C leaders Gabon in their penultimate pool fixture on January 14.