Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac has offered explanation on why his substitutions were delayed in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations match against Morocco.
The Black Stars suffered a 1-0 defeat to Morocco in their group opener with Ghanaians blaming Rajevac’s late reaction for the loss on Monday evening.
The Serbian tactician waited until the Moroccans had taken the lead through attacker Sofiane Boufal before introducing Benjamin Tetteh, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Richmond Boakye Yiadom and Daniel Kofi Kyereh into the match to replace Jordan Ayew, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Joseph Paintsil and Thomas Partey.
His late substitution decision has, however been greatly criticised, especially on social media.
“Everything was really tight and I felt the team was functioning well, so there was no need to make unnecessary substitutions, up till the moment we conceded, we were in full control of the match,” Rajevac said.
Milovan Rajevac has been tasked to lead Ghana to end the 40-year Afcon drought and following the poor start in Cameroon, a positive reaction is a must in the next game.
Ghana will play Gabon, a side captained by Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Friday.