Assistant coach of the Men’s Senior National Football Team the Black Stars, Maxwell Konadu has said that team skipper Asamoah Gyan could be forced out of the semi-final match between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.
Mr. Konadu who sat in for head coach Avram Grant at a press conference on Wednesday said Gyan’s absence will be a big blow for Ghana but added that the rest of the team are ready to move on into battle without him.
“He is the captain of the team, he’s one of the most important players we have and his exclusion will be a blow to our fans the team and everybody”
He said team doctors are working around the clock on Gyan but remain tight lipped on details.
“The Doctors have spoken to us, but we are not allowed to let every single information out there”
He said the attention of the entire Ghana squad is focused on today’s semi-final match against the host nation.
Coach Konadu said he is confident that Ghana can deliver against E. Guinea even without Asamoah Gyan.
“We have played in a lot of matches that he wasn’t a part of and yet the guys still played their hearts out and got us far”
Gyan picked up an injury in the quarter final match against Guinea when he and the Guinean goal-keeper collieded in what many observers described as a dirty play on the part of the goalie.
VibeGhana.com correspondent at the Black Stars’ training ground reported that the players mostly refused to talk to journalist about anything but today’s game.
“The Ghana players only want to talk about the match, they refused to be distracted it seems. Only the coach spoke about Gyan, the plays just won’t talk about him.”
Four time African Champion Ghana is in the hunt to end a 33 year-old wait since they last won the competition in Libya in 1982.
The winner of today’s encounter will face the Ivory Coast in the finals.