Small teams use ‘diabolic’ tactics to score – Ayew hits back at Gabon

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The Black Stars skipper was very disappointed and did not mince words after they shared the spoils with Gabon

Ghana captain Andre Ayew has slammed Gabon and labelled them as a small team after the 1-1 stalemate in the second game of Group in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

After Ayew had shot Ghana ahead, a late equaliser through a bizarre manner dashed the Black Stars’ hopes of picking their first win in the tournament.

Ghana defender Andy Yiadom got injured and the ball was kicked out by the Ghanaians. However, when the game restarted with a throw in, the Gabon players did not play it back to Ghana in a form of replay.

They rather caught the Black Stars unaware to score the equaliser and that led to a chaotic scene after the game with Ghana striker Benjamin Tetteh seeing red card as he hit one of the Gabon players in the process.

Ayew admitted his disappointment but insisted that Ghana will defeat Comoros in the last game to book their place in the next stage.

“It was very small of them, but then that is how it is with small teams,” Ayew said, as per Firstpost.

“We put the ball out of play, and it is fair play in football to give the ball back. Had they done that they would not have scored. They didn’t have any chances because they scored the goal from the only opening that came late in the game.

“Inshallah, we will still qualify. It is difficult but we will beat Comoros in the last game and qualify to the next stage of the competition,” he added.

Ayew’s goal against Gabon means he has become the fourth player to ever score in six different Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He joins legendary Asamoah Gyan, Kalusha Bwalya and Samuel Eto’o.

Ayew is now Ghana’s all-time topscorer at the Africa Cup of Nations after bagging ten goals since making his debut in the competition as a teenager in 2008.

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