Black Stars had no sense of urgency at AFCON – Asamoah Gyan

Published on: 21 January 2022

Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan says the Black Stars lacked a sense of urgency at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The four-time African champions recorded their worse performance at the AFCON and their first exit in the group stage since 2006 after defeat to Comoros on Tuesday.

The four-time African Champions suffered a 3-2 defeat to AFCON debutants and subsequently exited Group C.

Ghana will now have to wait until 2023 in the search of a fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.

According to Gyan, the Black Stars didn’t have a sense of urgency, hence the team’s poor showing the continental showpiece.

“I’m devastated. I’m shocked. You can’t win a game with this kind of attitude. I saw the real Ghana when we went down to ten men,” the 36-year-old said.

“We didn’t have a sense of urgency throughout the tournament. Why do you only push when you have ten men instead of 11 men? We didn’t play with determination. We didn’t play with any ambition. We’ve lost, we’re going home.

“Everyone in Ghana will be disappointed. We didn’t create many chances and we’re going home. I’m very disappointed we’re going home. We didn’t see the Ghana we know today,” he added.