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Afcon 2021: Andre Ayew reveals playing through sickness in Ghana defeat

Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew has confessed he was not 100 percent healthy when Ghana played and lost to Morocco in their opening game at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon.

The 32-year-old lasted the whole game, as the senior national team fell to a 1-0 Sofiane Boufal strike at Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium on Monday.

Reacting to the defeat, Ayew – who finished the game with a bandage wrapped around his head and blood seeping through it after a clash of heads with Morocco skipper Romain Saiss – says he hasn’t been well for a few days but wanted to be on the pitch to help the team.

“I have not been feeling well for the past two days, but I wanted to play.

“My colleagues wanted me on the field so I did everything to be there,” he said.

Ayew also described the loss to Morocco as disappointing but is confident that Ghana can still win their next two games and progress from the group.

“It’s a tough one to take but it is part of football…

“Yeah, it is disappointing to concede in the last minutes. But it’s the first game, we need to look at our mistakes and improve. We have two games left and we will qualify,” he said.

Ghana will take on Gabon on Friday, January 14 before facing Comoros in the last group game four days later.


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