Exclusive: the Spanish coach shares his thoughts on the upcoming continental challenge of Black Stars, and is concerned about the absence of the talisman
Former Ghanaian assistant coach Gerard Nus has ruined the possible absence of Asamoah Gyan over the Black Stars’ chances of winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.
With a view to a fifth title, the Black Stars will make a 23rd appearance at the continental meet, where they will tackle Morocco, Gabon and the Comoros in the group stage.
Unlike every effort they have made since 2008, the West Africans are likely to enter the next tournament without top scorer Asamoah Gyan, who has not been called up for international service since the Afcon in Egypt in 2019.
“In my opinion, Ghana and Morocco should go through the Afcon group. I think that even though Gabon and Comoros have important players, they are not on the same level as the other two, ”Spanish coach Nus, a Ghana assistant coach, reached the Afcon 2015 final and the Afcon 2017 semi-final. tell Purpose.
‘I know they [Gabon] it is clear [Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, one of the biggest Afrikaans players at the moment, but definitely also Morocco, Hakim [Ziyech of Chelsea] and clearly Ghana has so many good players playing in the best leagues in the world.
“I’m not sure if we’re trying to compare the national team to the Black Stars I was proud of, the one we almost won the title in 2015 and also the team we had in 2017.”
However, the former Ghanaian coach is worried about the prospect of going to the tournament with talisman Gyan, believing that the other players in the team should give their all in the absence of the former captain.
“There is a big miss, we have had a key player before, like Asamoah Gyan, one of the best strikers I have ever found in Africa,” he added. “He was also an excellent leader and an excellent captain.
Gyan, who is the best player in history with 109 international players, is not only Ghana’s top scorer with 51 goals, but also the Black Stars’ second top scorer at Afcon, with eight goals over seven different tournaments up to dusver.
Only Andre Ayew has more goals than the 35-year-old former Sunderland, Udinese and Stade Rennes.
“Now, we’ll see, we need to get the most out of the players we have,” Nus added. “I still believe, regardless of the final choice, Ghana will always be one of the candidates, and sooner rather than later we will see them become champions of Africa.”
The delayed Afcon 2021 tournament runs between January 9 and February 6 next year.