Gyan blames defeat on slow start

Published on: 12 August 2010

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan says his team mates' laid back first half approach cost them a 1-0  defeat to South Africa on Wednesday night.

Katlego Mphela's 41st strike divided the two sides at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg and gave the Bafana Bafana a morale boosting win for the start of the 2012 Nations Cup qualfiers.

Gyan, who captained the Ghana side, claims his side's slow pace to the start of the match cost them the defeat and praised the Bafana Bafana for their winning mentality.

"I think we started the game very slow and the South Africans took control of the game in the first-half," the 24-year-old said after the match.

"We went back (at the break) and we changed our type of play and we came back into the game, so you could see it was a balanced game in the second-half.

"They did very well in the first-half and I congratulate them on the victory."


  • EDD
    says: 9 years ago
    how on earth was this guy made to captain the team when olele was on the pitch.this Gyan guy is growing wings the authorities think the black stars is a 'play tool'.
  • kwabena
    says: 9 years ago
    Ghana National team the black Stars is all about tribalism. How comes Asomoah Gyan Captain the team? How old is he? Olele should be a captain not Gyan. Lets feed ourselves a good informations here. That is why some times some of the young players doe not respect the seniors ones. Gyan is a scorer does not mean that he should captain the National team. Dont let the Senior player starting thinking bad attitude towards the young ones. GFA should put down of their Tribalism attitude towards our national team.
  • Jesse
    says: 9 years ago
    Shut up Edd!You critique and always finding spaces to sow discord among a united team!
  • Equality
    says: 9 years ago
    Kwabena what link has tribalism to age. Naansense. Olele is older and so what.
  • there is no tribalism in blackstars
    says: 9 years ago
    in the second half olele made room for the young goalie to man the post. That was when olele gave the captain band to gyan so stop the tribalism bullshit!
  • Fred B.Kyeremeh
    says: 9 years ago
    I wonder what kinda match most of you guys watched.Perhaps the reporter of this story hasn't done you much favor by stating Asamoah Gyan to be the captain on the day.Olele captained the team from the start.Asamoah Gyan took over the captain's band after Olele had been substituted. Gyan taking over the captian's armband does not make him grow wings as EDD is pointing out.I wonder what tribalism means here as used by Kwabena.Asamoah Gyan is Ghana's best striker at the moment and he must be seen as such.Let's be objective in which case we can analyse issues to the benefit of all. Ghana had 3 captains on the day in the match.Kwadwo Asamoah took over the band when Gyan was also substituted.Let's not forget that we presented a very young team and in that case,it was fair the older players on the day such as Gyan and Kwadwo got the priviledge to captain the side in the absence of the other established leaders such as Mensah and Appiah.God bless GH