Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has been flown to a hospital in the eastern Equatorial Guinean town of Mongo for further treatment,further casting doubt on his ability to recover in time for Thursday’s semi final in Malabo.
The striker was involved in a clash with Guinean goalkeeper Naby Yattabare in the dying embers of the game leading to a red card for the Guinean goalie.
According to Ghana coach Avram Grant,the incident provides an opportunity for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to set an example.
“What happened with this goalkeeper and what he did to Asamoah Gyan is an opportunity for everybody at CAF to show how they protect their players. A goalkeeper when it’s 3-0 could deliberately maybe finish the career of Asamoah Gyan because I can tell you that 2 cm lower and Asamoah Gyan would not be able to play for many years.I think that CAF need to take a decision and ban this player for many many years.First it is a bad injury,second when you do it with the score at 3-0 in the last minute then you do not respect the game and you do not respect your friend.”
Ghana plays the hosts,Equatorial Guinea for a chance at a ninth AFCON final on Thursday with the Black Stars favourite to overcome a confident home side riding an emotional wave.