Afcon 2021: Rajevac claims “full control of match” for delayed substitutions in Ghana defeat Morocco
Coach Milovan Rajevac has defended his decision not to make early substitutions in Ghana’s opening defeat to Morocco in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
The Black Stars were beaten 1-0 by the Atlas Lions at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo late Monday afternoon.
The Group C opener travelled to the 83rd minute before a defensive mishap allowed attacker Sofiane Boufal to fire home the matchwinner from close range.
Coach Rajevac has received some flak for delaying substitutions until his side went down.
But the Serbian has mounted a defense saying Ghana was in full control of the game.
“Everything was really really tight and I felt the team was functioning well so there was no need to make unnecessary substitutions.
“Up till the moment [of the goal] we, we were in full control of the match,” he said at his post-match conference.
Ghana made three straight substitutions after going down by a goal to nil. Kamaldeen Sulemana, Jordan Ayew and Joseph Paintsil were subbed off for Abdul Fatawu Ishahaku, Daniel Kyereh and Boakye Yiadom.
Ghana will next play against Gabon at the same venue on Friday, January 14.