Andre Dede Ayew
Captain Andre Ayew (Dede) has described Black Stars’ early exit from the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt as a complete failure.
Consequently, Dede, who took over from Asamosh Gyan before the competition, has taken full responsibility for the team’s early exit; bowing to Tunisia 4-5 on penalties at the round of 16 stage.
Ayew, whose first half goal was disallowed, believes he and his mates have let the nation down with the premature exit‒ the first time since 2006 incidentally in the same country.
He told the media after the game, “I am very sad and disappointed that we could not get to the next stage but we need to take heart and be stronger. The entire team gave everything but it did not go our way.
“As a Ghanaian and as a leader, no player is to be held responsible for this; I take all the responsibility, blame me. We are going to work hard and come back stronger.
“If we have been kicked out at this stage it means we had a bad tournament and since we couldn’t achieve the mission we came here for, I will say we failed,” he said.