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|Gabonese players celebrate the equalizing goal against Ghana signed Jim Allevinah (N°11) in Yaoundé, on January 14. |
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“It’s very small on their part, but that’s how it is with small teams.”, cursed Ayew, his face closed at a press conference.
Author of the opener (18e), the captain disputes the fact that the “Panthers” played a ball put into touch by Baba Rahman, because Daniel-Koffi Kyereh was on the ground. And it was on this action that Jim Allevinah equalized (88e).
The Ghanaian delegation was mad with rage against this goal. “Dédé” Ayew was furious, his brother Jordan too.
At the end of the match, a fight even broke out in the center of the field.
“You’re not going to blame me for the lack of fair play, it’s not possible!”, thundered Patrice Neveu, the coach of Gabon.
The Ghana “has lacked fair play up to this moment”, n’a “not stopped breaking the game” and “their goalkeeper gained a lot of time, he was even warned for it”, he added.
“Fair play is giving the ball back”
“It’s us who put the ball into touch, fair play in football is to return the ball, otherwise they don’t score. They had no chance“, enraged Ayew.
Anger misleads the captain of the Black Stars, the Panthers pushed the whole second period, and Jim Allevinah (59e) and Aaron Boupendza (62e, 85e) had goal balls.
The Ghanaians may regret being content to defend in the second half.
They had scored a nice goal, where “Dédé”, ex-Marseille star did everything alone: oriented control to turn around Anthony Oyono and hit close to the post.
The Panthers also have merit, they were still playing without their two stars, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina, for some COVID residues detected when they had passed a negative test the day before.
Patrice Neveu, the French coach of Gabon, was also deprived of two holders in defense, Sidney Obissa and Lloyd Palun, but also of Gilchrist Nguéma, Patrice Neveu, released, him, by a negative coronavirus test the morning of the match, had to recompose a defense, with three elements.
His players were able to celebrate with their corner of supporters this point which almost guarantees them a place in 8e of the final, at worst among the best third.
The contested goal came from a cross shot by Allevinah, who set the stage at the Amadou Ahidjo omnisports stadium, a little full this time (7,042 spectators) thanks to the Gabonese colony, a neighboring country of Cameroon.
Meanwhile, Ghanaians cringed.
“We will swallow the pill, we will make sure to win the next match, and we hope that the 4 points will be enough for us to move on to the next round.“, concluded André Ayew.