Asamoah Gyan hoping to sink Bafana

2015-01-26 16:51

Ghana captain and goal hero Asamoah Gyan is after Bafana Bafana’s scalp.

After missing Ghana’s opening defeat to Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations due to a bout of malaria, Gyan came back to help the Black Stars get their campaign back on track with a last-minute goal against Algeria on Friday night.

Now he wants to continue where he left off against the North Africans when Ghana take on Bafana in the last group game tomorrow evening.

A win for Ghana will see them through to the quarterfinals, irrespective of what happens in the other game between Senegal and Algeria. A draw might also be enough for them, if Algeria draw or lose to Senegal. Both games kick off at 8pm South African time.

Gyan said he was happy to be back on the field, doing what he knows best – playing football – after a tough week.

“It was a great feeling to be back on the field and I felt good. I am particularly happy that I managed to score the goal which was very, very important for our campaign. But now we have another important game in front of us and it is another tough one. “South Africa is a young but tough side and they did well in the qualifiers. We respect them because they are a footballing nation and we are looking forward to a tough game,” said Gyan.

“I feel good and although I was not 100% fit, I will be much better in the next game. I must thank the medical team for getting me ready for the game and my teammates for their support and encouragement when I was down. I had a tough week as I was weak but they did an incredible job to get me back into the team.”

Ghana coach Avram Grant is already under pressure to deliver. The former Chelsea manager started his new job on the back foot after losing to Senegal but the victory over Algeria brought a wry smile to his face and came as a relief.

Failure to beat Bafana, though, will not go down well with the Ghanaians who have already voiced their dissatisfaction with his coaching methods.

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