Inexperience cost Stars -Gyan

Gyn2BLACK Stars’ captain Asamoah Gyan has attributed the Black Stars’ 2-1 defeat against Senegal in the Group C opener to lack of experience.

Gyan was forced to sit out of the game due to illness – Malaria, but Olympique Marseille winger Andre Ayew was made to stand in his shoes.

Ghana scored first, in the 14th minute through an Andre Ayew penalty but Mame Biram Diouf and Moussa Sow scored in the second-half to snatch victory.

And, Gyan feels the lack of experience cost the team the game.

“I am disappointed. It got to a time we should have used our experience because they were putting pressure on us and we needed a draw because honestly they took control of the game in the last 30 minutes and we should have held on. It’s part of football but still very disappointing,” he told All Sports.

The Al Ain striker also talked about his health and when he is likely to return to training.

“I am feeling much better and I am talking to the medical team .Hopefully we will see improvements.”

Meanwhile, goalscorer Andre Ayew urged his team not to let their heads drop after they began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Senegal.

“We showed good spirit and we mustn’t let our heads drop. Of course I’m disappointed with the defeat but I know we have good players and can put in good performances,” said Ayew, whose early penalty put the Black Stars ahead.

However, Mame Biram Diouf equalised for Senegal in the second half before Moussa Sow struck a late winner.

It was a bitter blow for a Ghana side who were missing skipper Asamoah Gyan after he was admitted to hospital over the weekend with mild malaria.

“ Senegal had a bit of luck in the second half that we were lacking. Gyan is a very important player for us, a leader, our captain.

“He wasn’t there but those who were managed to do a good job,” said Marseille star Ayew.

However, Coach Avram Grant believes his team did well despite the crashing 2-1 defeat suffered against Senegal lastMonday.

“I think we did very well, this is the reason we scored one goal and had very good chances against a very experienced team,” he told

“We played without our main striker [Asamoah Gyan], he is the best striker in this tournament – his stats for Ghana is unbelievable.”

Ghana faces early elimination from the tournament being staged in Equatorial Guinea unless they are able to secure a result against Algeria in their next group game on Friday.

And Coach Avram Grant says the team is focused on winning their next game against Algeria despite the jerky start at the AFCON tournament.

“It was a difficult match for us. We were playing against experienced and very physical players,” said Grant.

“When we played the ball along the ground it was good. We opened the scoring and had good chances.”

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