Former Marseille André Ayew did not digest the draw conceded by Ghana against Gabon (1-1) Friday during the African Cup of Nations. He believes that his opponents lacked fair play on their goal scored at the very end of the match.
New controversy at the CAN. The match between Gabon and Ghana (1-1) ended Friday in a general fight. In question: the goal of the equalizer scored by the Gabonese in the 88th minute of play. On this action, the “Black Stars” reproached the Gabonese for having played a ball which had been put into touch by Abdul-Rahman Baba after seeing his teammate Daniel-Koffi Kyereh on the ground complaining of an injury.
“It’s very small of them”
The “Panthers” did not return the ball, and Clermontois Jim Allevinah took the opportunity to score at the end of the suspense. Enough to drive the Ghanaian captain André Ayew crazy with rage. “We put the ball into touch on purpose, reacted the former OM midfielder, today at Al-Sadd in Qatar. Our player was on the ground. The fair play of football is to give back the ball. That’s all we’re saying. That’s why they score. They didn’t have a chance during the game, we were together, we were solid. We said to ourselves that they were going to return the ball.” And to conclude, revolted: “It’s very small on their part. It’s like that with small teams …”
Patrice Neveu, the French coach of Gabon, defended his team. “The referee is there to manage the game. 15 minutes before (Gabon’s goal), the Ghanaians released a ball and their goalkeeper took a long time to restart. We take our responsibilities. Football has its rules and the Equalization is logical, there is no need to cry foul,” he reacted at a press conference. With four points in two games, Gabon is in second place in Group C behind Morocco (6 points) but ahead of Ghana (1 point) and Comoros (0). The six group winners, six runners-up and four best third-place finishers will advance to the round of 16.