Ghana lost its opening Africa Cup of Nations match 1:0 to North African country, Morocco, in what was a lackluster performance from the Black Stars and excuses from been pouring in from both players and technical staff to proffer a possible reason for their below-par performance.
Black Stars captain, Andre Dede Ayew is was one of the first persons associated to the Black Stars to come out to give an insight into his lackluster performance and how it may have impacted the team in their match up against the Moroccan side.
The skipper was one of many players in the Black Stars side to endure a torrid match in which chances were few and far in between for the forward with matters made worse when he suffered a cut while challenging for an air-ball in the oppositions box.
Speaking in a post-match interview, Dede Ayew was frank with his assessment of the game, acknowledging that the entire team was sub-standard but was quick to attribute it to sickness and not a lack of ability from the playing or non-playing staff.
“I have not been feeling well for the past two days. I wanted to play, my colleagues wanted me on the pitch and I did everything because I have been waiting for this for three years now, we lost and I was unlucky to add a cut on my eye to it”
The Black Stars skipper is still very optimistic of the Black Stars chances of qualifying out of the group stages as he insist the team will win their last two matches to ensure qualification.
“I think we can get through and we will get through because it is our duty and we will make sure we qualify to the next stage. We lost the first game in 2010, 2015 and we pulled through. We were not expecting this start but we will make it”
Ghana takes on Gabon in their second Group C game on Friday.