Former Ghana Midfielder, Yaw Acheampong has defended under-fire Black Stars Captain, Andre Ayew after the team’s exit from the World Cup.
Ayew missed a penalty before Uruguay scored twice to eliminate Ghana from the tournament.
Speaking to Citi Sports, Yaw Acheampong says he is unhappy with how the Al-Sadd player has been abused by a section of Ghanaians.
“It was very sad because Messi also missed a penalty. I think Lewandoski also missed a penalty but it’s up to us to be behind the player [Ayew] when something like that happens.”
“When Messi missed a penalty, the whole national players were behind him and made sure they motivated the team.”
“Motivation has different factors and one of the major factors is the fans and the media.”
“I believe though we lost, people were saying it was because of the penalty. But after the penalty, we had a lot of chances and we should have put the ball in the net so we don’t have to blame everything on the penalty”.
The Black Stars’ next assignment will be in March 2023 when the 2023 AFCON qualifiers resume.