Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has described the Black Stars game against the Zebras of Botswana as a difficult one despite clawing all three points in their Group ‘D’ opener of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
”’I said earlier on that there will be surprises in this tournament, but let’s see what happens in our next game. We hope to lift our game on Saturday, Ghanaians should keep calm,” he said.
Gyan, Ghana’s top marksman, is hoping to hit the back of the net when the Stars play their second group game against Mali.
He told fans to continue backing the Black Stars despite labouring to beat debutants Botswana 1-0 on Tuesday.
The striker had little space to operate in after being marked well by the Zebras captain Mompati Thuma.
Botswana coach Stanley Tshosane fielded five midfielders and that affected the fluidity of the match.
Ghana failed to unlock the defensive rearguard of their opponents and were lucky not to have dropped points. Gyan said his team deserves some plaudits for winning the match.
“I think it was a big win and what I want to tell Ghanaian fans is to keep calm because we were expecting a difficult game,” the Al Ain striker said.
“It (the performance) wasn’t what people were expecting. We knew what we were doing and at the end of the day we scored so let’s see what will happen in the next game.”
Meanwhile, Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic is ruing the missed chances against Botswana, insisting that the Black Stars have taken some lessons from their opening 2012 Africa Cup of Nations match..
Ghana fluffed several scoring chances while an outstanding goal-line clearance from John Boye prevented the Zebras from drawing level.
The Serbian trainer said he has taken a lesson or two from mistakes made in the opening game. “We learned that here in this tournament it is not easy to win anybody,” he said.
“We need to give our 100%, our maximum. In the first half we made some mistakes, some tactical mistakes, the players know what I am talking about.
“I think that the commitment and vision and all other things of my team show and I am really satisfied because I know well how important the first game is.
“It is always difficult to play a game when you are always pre-game winners and now we have one game experience so we prepare for the next game.”
From Kofi Owusu Aduonum,Franceville,Gabon