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AFCON 2015: What went wrong for Ghana against Senegal?

General News of Monday, 19 January 2015

Source: Ismail Akwei | GhanaWeb

2015-01-19

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The Black Stars of Ghana lost in their opening Group C match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal. They lost by 2 goals to 1.

Senegal took a big step towards qualifying for the knockout stages as Moussa Sow struck late in injury time to earn Senegal victory. The substitute scored with virtually the last kick of the game, slotting in from the edge of the box to snatch all three points for the Teranga Lions.

Andre Ayew scored a first-half penalty after Atsu was fouled. Senegal roared back and hit the bar through Kara Mbodj, before Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf nodded in an equaliser and Sow wrapped up the win.

Senegal were the better team throughout the game and the three points deservedly won.

Ghanaians have expressed a loss of confidence in the entire team as some blame the lack of a formidable defense to hold tight the Ghana goal. Others believe some players do not deserve to be in the team, and the selection was a wreck.

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Ghana Coach Avram Grant was not left out in the criticisms as many still have a soft spot for former coach Kwesi Appiah.

While you read below the views of Ghanaians compiled from Twitter, tell us what you think went wrong in your own estimation.

Said from day 1 Grant will be judged by the same standards as Kwesi Appiah and others before him. This intensifies it. #afcon2015

— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) January 19, 2015

I shock. Just one game and people are dissing Avram Grant like that? #Ghana #afcon2015

— Kwabena (@Kwabena) January 19, 2015

“We have to go back to the drawing board.” I hope there are enough ‘drawing boards’ for coaches to go back to after each defeat! #AFCON2015

— Farayi Mungazi (@BBCFarayi) January 19, 2015

I know what they would have blamed this on if Kwesi Appiah was in charge and had played that deep. #justsaying #afcon2015

— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) January 19, 2015

Ah… “@NanaSikaII: “@Amegaxi: Ah, well, at least no winning bonus drama #BlackStars #AFCON2015″
5000$ , win, draw or lose”

— Efo Dela (@Amegaxi) January 19, 2015

and the reason why the Bleak Stars remain useless and clueless #AFCON2015

— Prampram fisherman (@AnnyOsabutey) January 19, 2015

Not even sure whether to laugh or cry? #Ghana 1:2 #Senegal #AFCON2015

— Israel Laryea (@Izraella) January 19, 2015

Better Ghana Black Stars

— I.am.NeneKakep3!™ (@NeneMAGORTEY) January 19, 2015

@OtiAdjei Has Avram Grant ever used 3-5-2 formation in his coaching career ? Or he is using our team for trial and error?

— St. Kwabena IV (@Fhresh_matic) January 19, 2015

We seriously need my boy on the pitch @ASAMOAH_GYAN3 #leader #CaptainGyan

— GUBA awards (@Dentaa_show) January 19, 2015

@OtiAdjei notyn Avram do,the players shaaa
Atsu should have killed the game 1st half they have bn making same mistake since 2yrs ago.

— OsuBoyChale (@KofiBlakGh) January 19, 2015

So now who does Ghana want to win against ….. SA or Algeria ? n which one of them will even permit them

— Yaa??Sanchez (@Nhardeeyah) January 19, 2015