By Ameenu Shardow
Captain Asamoah Gyan accepts Ghana were slack in their defending in the 2-2 draw with DR Congo on Sunday.
The Black Stars threw away a two goal lead to share the spoils with the Leopards in the opening Group B fixture at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The disappointing result has seen Ghana red-faced for a crucial win against Mali on Thursday to resurrect the sideâ€™s title ambitions in South Africa.
Gyan however in congratulating the DRC for their strong mentality in the fight-back admits the Black Stars should have done better to clinch the win.
â€œYes, I accept it (about Ghana being careless in conceding the two goals). Iâ€™d say we lost a bit of concentration and they came back and drew,â€ he told GHANAsoccernet.com.
â€œI would like to congratulate the Congolese, they did so well, they started the game so well but our mentality was alright and we went up by two goals.
â€œThey (DRC) were however also able to prove that they are also mentally strong and they came back, that is football.
â€œWe have to accept it and then concentrate on the next game.â€
Ghana with one point are now third in Group B behind Mali and the DRC in first and second respectively ahead of match day 2.