Wednesday Jan 19, 2022. 11:00
Black Stars legend Asamoah Gyan has described Ghana’s meek exit from the AFCON 2021 as devastating and disappointing.
The Black Stars elusive search for their fifth AFCON title in exactly 40 years ended in rather dramatic fashion when a 10-man Ghana was out-foxed 3-2 by debutants Comoros on January 18 in Garoua in their final Group C match.
It was a poignant moment that saw Ghana captain Andre Ayew sent-off in the 24th minute for a foul on Comoros goalkeeper Salime Boina during their challenge for the ball as the Black Stars trailed 1-0 via a 4th minute Ibroihim Djoudja goal.
Ghana overall have been lethargic in all their three Group C games and the 1 point from three games summed up a forgettable AFCON 2021 for the perennial favourites.
It was Ghana’s first preliminary stage exit since AFCON 2006 in Egypt when they finished third in Group D but departed with a win and two defeats.
“Well I am devastated, I am shocked but the other way round, you cannot win a game with this kind of attitude,” Gyan told SuperSport.
“I saw the real Ghana when we were 10-mendown which was good but it wasn’t enough.
“As I said earlier, we didn’t have a sense of urgency throughout this tournament.
“I am a bit upset because why do you have to push when you have ten men instead of having eleven men on the field?
“I cannot understand, I have been in the game for a long time, we didn’t play with determination, and we didn’t play with ambition, what else can I say?
“We have lost, we are going home and everybody in Ghana is disappointed.”
Gyan added that The Black Stars owed everyone back home a very valid explanation for not trying hard enough to even meet the minimum benchmarks.
“The Ghana we know we didn’t see today,” Gyan said.
Meanwhile, a bruised and vanquished Ghana need to regroup quickly with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final knockout round qualifying draws looming on January 22 in what will be their last chance saloon to win back the nations’ confidence after starting the year on an all-time low.