Afcon 2021: Ghana midfielder Kyereh blames Cameroon’s bad adventure

The St. Pauli man shares his thoughts on the Black Stars’ poor African Cup performance

Ghana forward Daniel-Kofi Kyereh believes “no excuse can be made” for his underwhelming performances at the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The four-time champions exited the continental final in the group stage for the first time since 2006 after a 3-2 defeat to small Comoros in their final group stage game on Tuesday.

Comoros, who is debuting in the tournament, had never scored a goal or won a point in the competition before the game.

“There is no excuse for our performance in this tournament, we let down our country and the people who believed in us,” posted St. Pauli star Kyereh on social media.

“There is no time to talk too much, but rather to show that we will do better in the future.

“I believe that where one door closes, another opens, so we have to move forward and trust God’s plan.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter.”

The latest failure adds to a string of disappointments for Ghana at Afcon.

At the 2019 championship in Egypt, the Black Stars were eliminated by Tunisia in the round of 16, failing to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2006.

Between 2008 and 2017, West Africans appeared in at least the semi-finals of all tournaments.

Former Ghanaian striker Laryea Kingston, meanwhile, believes players shouldn’t just blame themselves for the bad campaign.

“I cannot entirely blame the players for what happened. We have to have a good technical team that will guide them. Players only carry out what they are told on the field,” he told Silver FM.

“The little fish that are causing a stir at the tournament have good men on their coaching staff. That’s why I insist that we limit the blame to the players.

“I agree with most Ghanaians that the coaching staff let us down. If you change formation in all three of your matches, it means you don’t believe in what you have.

“As a coach, I didn’t see any indication that the team had a certain pattern of play instituted by the coach.”

The last of the four Afcon Ghana titles came in 1982.

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