Afcon 2019: Mixed feelings for Jordan Ayew after Ghana 2-2 Benin

Man-of-the-match Jordan Ayew described his feelings as “mixed” after Ghana let slip a lead to draw with Benin in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group F opener Tuesday night.

The Swansea City striker saw the Black Stars drop valuable points in the West African derby which ended 2-2 at the Ismailia Stadium.

Jo Ayew was involved in both Ghana goals – first becoming the provider for elder brother Andre to peg back the Squirrels’ stunning opener before netting a worldie to put the side 2-1 up before halftime.

But the tide turned early in the second half as Ghana went short by a man following a needless second yellow card to centre-back John Boye for delay tactics.

Benin took advantage of the numerical advantage to level the scores – 2-2 – and could have even won the game.

“I have mixed emotions about the man-of-the-match accolade because we didn’t win..,” Ayew said at post-match.

“I think we deserved to win but after the red card [shrugs shoulders in the negative]; okay it is part of the game. I have to congratulate the guys because 10 against 11, we managed to get a draw.

Enter Cameroon

Ghana next take on defending champions Cameroon on Saturday and the 27-year-old stated:

“We believe in ourselves and we are not under pressure.”

“We have two more games so if we continue like this, we have to work hard.

“I have total confidence in the boys. We showed good fighting spirit so it is positive for the next game. We still have two matches to go.

“All the games are difficult. Cameroon is a difficult team, we too are Ghana. We are going to do our possible best to get a good result and after, winner takes all.”




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