Ghana crushed out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations following a 3-2 defeat against Comoros on Tuesday night in Garoua as captain Andre Ayew was sent off in the 25th minute.
Comoros took the lead in the 4th minute through Red Star Belgrade striker El Fardu Mohamed before Ayew saw a harsh red for a challenge against Comoros goalkeeper but replays showed the Ghanaian got the ball first before launching into his opponent.
Here are five things we learned from Ghana’s disastrous participation at this AFCON.
1.The late goals “wahala”
Ghana conceded three late goals at this tournament. Sofiane Boufal scored the winner for Morocco in the 83rd minute. Jim Allevinah of Gabon equalized against the Black Stars in the 88th minute and Comoros’ third goal came at the 85th minute. You never win a major tournament like the AFCON with a weak defence.
2.The worst Black Stars team ever at the AFCON
No matter how they tried the overall Black Stars team was simply below standard. For the records this is the worst ever Black Stars team at the AFCON in the history of Ghana. For the first time the Black Stars failed to win a single game at the tournament – this had never ever happened before.
Again for the first time since 2006 Ghana is eliminated at the AFCON after group play.
3.Milovan is finished
The return of the Serbian trainer to the Black Stars sharply divided opinion.
His game management was poor and the fact that he is the first Ghana coach to fail to win at least a game at the Africa Cup of Nations proves that the Milovan Rajevac we knew in 2009 and 2010 is certainly far behind his best days.
4.Daniel Kofi Kyere proves a point in Cameroon
One of the outstanding Ghanaian players at the tournament is St. Pauli midfielder Kyere.
He was there to be counted against Gabon and Comoros. He played his best games for Ghana against these opponents and he provides Ghanaian fans with some sort of comfort.
5.Kamaldeen, Partey, Jordan Ayew among the biggest flops
Partey of Arsenal and Jordan of Crystal Palace both coming from English Premier League clubs were expected to show a difference but we did not see that from them.
Jordan has been struggling for goals for club and country and this AFCON was a big opportunity for him to recover his lost form but that did not happen and Kamaldeen Sulemana – one of the best wingers in the Ligue 1 this season – failed to shine in Cameroon.