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Gyan replies critics with classic goal in Ghana’s win over Niger

Published on: 28 January 2013

Asamoah Gyan finally broke his goal duck to score in Ghana’s 3-0 win over Niger in their final group B game in South Africa on Monday night.

The Black Stars captain has been criticized in the local media for failing to inspire the Ghanaians at the continental showpiece but his 6th minute effort should end talk of his scoring drought and should go some way to easing the 27-year-old back to top form after a slow start in the tournament.

The former Sunderland hitman wasted no time in blasting home from close range to beat goalkeeper Daouda Kassal to register his first goal in the tournament.

Gyan then provided the assist as he laid the pass to Christian Atsu who scored the second with an intelligent lob in the 23rd minute.

France-based defender John Boye was an unlikely source of goal as he scored the third in the 48th minute.

Asamoah Gyan’s header was pushed away by the Nigerien goalkeeper and the Stade Rennes strong-centre back had the simplest of task of tucking the ball into the net.

The victory sends Ghana to the top of the table and set-up a quarter-final clash against Cape Verde on Saturday February 2 at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Comments

  • texas says:
    January 28, 2013 07:06 pm
    Great job guys. But Derek Boateng..when he come on B.S could not move forward as they did in the first half. That kind of play does not result in goals. And he made too many errors....hummmmm B.S better watch out because its now going to get tougher.
  • texas says:
    January 28, 2013 07:08 pm
    Great job guys. But Derek Boateng..when he came on B.S could not move forward as they did in the first half. That kind of play does not result in goals. And he made too many errors….hummmmm B.S better watch out because its now going to get tougher.
  • ghanafoever says:
    January 28, 2013 07:12 pm
    Good Job Ghana that was a great game,and cudos to Gyan he's a real man,now all his detractors will shut up,as far he have proved he was finished.
  • peace says:
    January 28, 2013 07:18 pm
    ghanaforever your emotion go kill ya lol i think you where trying to say he's not finish lol cool down brother
  • Mochacho-USA says:
    January 28, 2013 07:19 pm
    D.Boateng is just a waste,he plays backwards.............all the same goodjob guys
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    January 28, 2013 07:25 pm
    ZAMBIANS WHERE ARE YOU?DON'T HIDE YOUR FACES.YOU WILL BE ON YOUR WAY BACK HOME TOMORROW.
  • access says:
    January 28, 2013 07:34 pm
    Great job by Ghana.Dereck Boateng is a waste for Ghana,he should never start for Ghana.
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    January 28, 2013 07:47 pm
    Derek came to control da midfield we were three goals up time was almost up da best thng to do is slow da game down..good job derek.good game da best display of football so far...bomboclat zambia wil go down da drain moro.
  • john aidoo says:
    January 28, 2013 07:52 pm
    I THINK NOW EVERY ONE WILL AGREEWITH ME ABOUT WHAT I SAID CONCERNING ASAMOAH GYAN.HE IS IMPORTANT PLAYER BUT ALL WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO PRAY FOR HIM TO BE FIT TO PLAY ALWAYS AND THERE YOU GO.IS UP TO THE COACH TO PARTERN HIM WITH ANOTHER INFLUENCIAL PLAYER LIKE ATSU,KWADWO ASAMOAH,DEDE,LIKE HE DID.ANYWAY WE NEED TO PRAY HARD FOR THEM ALL TO BE FIT.IN FACT ADOMAH IS A GOOD PLAYER TOO.THANKS
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    January 28, 2013 07:52 pm
    Gyan proved critics like me wrong today. Well done captain; a goal and an assist. But still, I'm not convinced about the shooting. More power and accuracy is needed from our captain. We shouldn't expect more than one or two chances in the whole game, when we meet CIV in the final.. But let's not complain and celebrate first!!
  • texas says:
    January 28, 2013 08:37 pm
    Well....you got a point!
  • Zambia can neva host afcon says:
    January 28, 2013 09:09 pm
    Some of u only think of goals. In the first half of the games, the Nigerians were having most of the possesion but their upfront was not clicking. Even in early second half. But during the time Derek Boateng came, the black stars were playing lyk Barcelona. We took absolute control of the game. Derek Boateng took control of the midfield. Open ur eyes well and stop criticizing Derek. I'm sure by now, Zambians have finished parking their filty things cos they will leave tomorrow.
  • maka says:
    January 28, 2013 09:30 pm
    who even said CIV will make the final koraa ah?...those guys choke as we go ahead o...u wait n see!
  • kimco says:
    January 29, 2013 12:08 am
    couldn't watch the match cos of exams but heard all the talk of gyan. I saw some the highlights and i must say gyan must work on his curling abilities cos that ball where he was supposed to shoot but curled was just unbelievable.more grease to their elbow
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 29, 2013 02:08 am
    GOOD GAME THUS FAR....GREAT POTENT STRIKE FROM GYAN, GREAT ASSIST, GREAT HEADER....VERY NICE BY GYAN KEEP IT UP PLS. IF YPU CANT SCORE, SET UP OTHERS TO SCORE! WHEN IT COMES TO AWOOF TEAMS, CALL ON GYAN TO PLAY DELIVER...LOL we have to play with intelligence. CRISP PASSING, THRU BALLS ETC adomah is a poor player and not aN INTELLIGENT PLAYER AT ALL. MAKES VERY STUPID PASSING MISTAKES. KASA, BADU, ATSU MUST ALL BE ABLE TO TAKE FREE KICKS AND CORNER KICKS. aa,wat is the point of keeping your MVP PLAYERS LIKE BADU, VORSAH, KASA, GYAN STILL IN THIS GAME? ARE U CRAZY... SUB THEM. U ARE 3 NIL UP. GIVE THEM TIME TO REST.....THIS IS COMMON SENSE.... IS AA OKAY UPSTAIRS? WE NEED THE PLAYERS TO BE MORE DISCIPLINED IN THEIR PLAY AND TACKLES. LESS FOULS, MORE SHOTS ON GOAL. TIGHTEN UP THE DEFENCE....TIGHTEN UP THE DEFENCE.....TIGHTEN UP THE DEFENCE..... AA MUST STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!. STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!