U-23 AFCON:Asamoah Gyan criticises the Black Meteors after leaving early
Following their early withdrawal from the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Morocco, Black Meteors players have come under fire from Asamoah Gyan.
“What I saw in this Black Meteors team is some players think they are bigger than the whole team,” the former captain of Ghana, who recently announced his retirement, posted on Twitter. little fame and hype? SHM. Football in the modern day involves more than just handling the ball. What you do without the ball is what matters. I observe players who believe they can play by themselves. We need to start defending when we lose the ball and get our act together. SMH”
What I saw in this Black meteors team is some players think they are bigger than the whole team. Small hype and fame ? SHM. Modern football is not about only what you do with the ball. It’s about what you do without the ball. I see players thinking the can play alone. It’s about…— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) June 30, 2023
Ghana’s hopes of qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris were dashed on Friday when the Black Meteors failed to defeat Guinea in a must-win match in Tangier.
Guinea proved to be the superior team, earning a 1-1 draw and advancing to the semi-finals alongside Group A leaders Morocco.
Despite both teams entering the match with three points, Guinea held the advantage with a superior goal difference, knowing that a draw would secure their progression. In contrast, Ghana found themselves in desperate need of a victory, and had their defensive efforts been more resolute, Ibrahim Tanko’s men could have celebrated a different outcome.
Emmanuel Yeboah, the talented forward from CFR Cluj, capitalised on a series of defensive errors by Guinea, showcasing his skills with a superb finish to give Ghana the lead.
However, Ghana’s defensive woes persisted, as they conceded their eighth goal in just three games. In the 60th minute, Ibrahima Breze’s well-executed volley earned Guinea a well-deserved equaliser.