We Did Not Underestimate Sudan, Says Black Stars Midfielder Afriyie Acquah

Ghana midfielder, Afriyie Acquah has dismissed claims that they underrated Sudan in the 2021 African Cup of Nations [Afcon] qualifiers return game.

The Black Stars were stunned by a 1-0 in Omdurman in the return game after recording a 2-0 win over Sudan at the Cape Coast Stadium in the first game.

The defeat has dented Ghana’s early qualification for the tournament that will be hosted in Cameroon.

However, Acquah, play for Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor says the team did not show any disrespect to their opponents.

“As we all know, in the first leg we manage a 2-0 victory. So we were determined to go into the reverse fixture and win but unfortunately, it couldn’t materialize. We lost last minute but we still have a chance to qualify, we have two other games to play which I think we can win.

“Anyone who watched the first game can testify that the Sudanese have a good team, now football has changed, everyone knows how to play so you cannot underrate any team.

“We never underrated them, it was a game and in every game, anything can happen. The defeat does not mean we underestimated them, it just happened. We will correct our mistakes and move on” he concluded.

Ghana will have to wait till March next year to secure a place in the competition.

The Black Stars still sit atop of Group C tied on 9 points with South-Africa, with Sudan in 3rd place with 6 points.


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