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We sat back too much; we were defending too much – Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan unhappy with defensive approach against Gabon

Published on: 15 January 2022

Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has criticised the defensive approach adopted by the Black Stars during Friday's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations match against Gabon.

Gyan was unhappy the Black Stars decided to defend in the second half and allowed Gabon to dominate possession, which eventually paid off.

Ghana played well in the first half in the must-win game, and headed into the break in front thanks to Andre Ayew who scored in the 18th minute.

Ayew received the ball from Thomas Partey with Gabon defender Anthony Oyono tightly marking him, but the 32-year-old left him for dead with a sharp turn before unleashing a long-range effort that nestled into the bottom corner.

But Gabon were rewarded for their persistence in the latter stages as Jim Allevinah equalised amid controversy as Ghana felt Gabon should have given the ball back to them on the grounds of fair play as Baba Rahman kicked it out for Daniel-Kofi Kyereh to receive treatment.

Gyan, who didn't make the squad due to fitness issues, was utterly disappointed after the game as he thinks Ghana shot themselves in the foot.

"I think we should have brought in like two offensive midfielders to be able to kill the game. We [Ghana] sat back too much, we were defending too much," Gyan said on SuperSport.

"We were in control over the game. You cannot sit back when you are in control of a game. You have to try and kill the game because the Gabonese weren't that dangerous so we could have gone forward and got a goal. But we stood back and conceded in the latter stages of the game."

The draw means Ghana need victory in their last group game against winless Comoros to remain in with a chance of progressing.

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