Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan has sworn never to forgive Guinea goalkeeper, Naby-Moussa Yattara even as the UAE based striker recovers in time for Sunday’s final at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Gyan was at the end of Yattara’s savage stamp deep into injury time of last Sunday’s all-West African quarter final clash as the Black Stars striker pursued the ball in a one-on-one situation against the France based goalkeeper.
Yattara was promptly sent off but Gyan who failed to recover in time for Ghana’s semi final victory over the Equatorial Guinea hosts, has called on the continent’s football controlling body, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and even world governing body, FIFA to inflict severe sanctions on the Syli Nationale shot stopper.
“It was a very dangerous and wicked tackle which could have ended my career, clearly the guy came here just to hurt me and he must not be allowed to go free because that should not be part of football,” an otherwise lively Gyan told Supersport’s Yaw Ampofo Ankrah on live TV just after Ghana’s 3-0 win over Equatorial Guinea.
“I am appealing to CAF to punish that guy because you can’t come from your club and hurt somebody in Africa and go scot-free. It doesn’t speak well of African football otherwise anybody can just come to Africa to hurt someone and go back just like that,” Gyan added.
“So it’s my hope that CAF and even FIFA intervene to ensure that he is severely punished because what he did, he just wanted to hurt me which must not be allowed in football. He came to end my career and I call on CAF to take action, FIFA must get involved. I cannot forgive him,” the Black Stars captain affirmed.
Gyan is expected to make a return to lead the national team in Sunday’s final against neighbours, Ivory Coast but Black Stars coach, Avram Grant also concurs with his captain that Yattara who plays for French Ligue 2 side, Arles must not be left off the hook.
“What happened with this goalkeeper and what he did to Asamoah Gyan is an opportunity for everybody at CAF to show how they protect their players,” Avram Grant said.
“I think that CAF need to take a decision and ban this player for many many years because I can tell you that 2 cm lower and Asamoah Gyan would not be able to play for many years,” the Israeli tactician added.
He explained: “First it is a bad injury, second when you do it with the score at 3-0 in the last minute then you do not respect the game and you do not respect your friend.” Follow @thedonplato
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