AFCON 2021: Ghana captain Andre Ayew disappointed in Gabon

Published on: 15 January 2022

Ghana captain Andre Ayew has expressed his disappointment in Gabon after throwing away fair play to equalize during their clash with the Black Stars at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

The Black Stars conceded in the 89th minute to draw with the Panthers in a match Ghana needed to win to stand a good chance of progressing to the knockout stage.

Captain Andre Ayew led by example by scoring a stunning opening goal for the Black Stars.

His 10th goal at the AFCON looked to have secured three points for Black Stars, but Jim Allevinah struck from close range late on.

Andre Ayew put Ghana in front midway through the first half but his strike was cancelled out by Gabon sub Jim Allevinah's 88th-minute equaliser.

During the game, Ghana midfielder Daniel Kofi Kyereh had sustained an injury which forced the Black Stars to kick the ball out for the player to be treated but when play restarted the Gabonese effected the throwing and went straight to equalize.

Reacting to the incident, Ayew said, "The Ghanaian player was on the floor, we had the ball, we put the ball out intentionally because our player was on the floor so when the ball is coming you give it back to Ghana simple as that. So we were waiting for the ball to come back but the ball is not coming back and they play and that is how they got their only open chance of the game, that is it"

He has therefore expressed optimism about the Black Stars qualification to the next stage of the competition."

"Is very small of them and i am disappointed in them but no problem, we are Ghana and we are going to keep the last game and go through" he said.