Soccer News of Thursday, 12 February 2015
Black Stars midfielder Andre Dede Ayew has apologized to Ghanaians for failing to end the country’s 33-year trophy drought at the 2015 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Ghana lost the trophy in dreadful 8-9 penalty shootouts with neighbours Ivory Coast at the tournament’s finale in Bata, Equatorial Guinea last Sunday night.
Speaking on the loss, Dede who won the Top Scorer of the tournament award said the team gave off their best but were just unlucky on the day.
He posted on his intagram page Thursday morning that, “I’ve had a few days to reflect on my emotions and I want to sincerely apologize to all Ghanaians for not bringing the cup home. We gave our best but unfortunately our best wasn’t good enough this time.”
The Olympique Marseille winger said, the loss, although painful, has made the team hungrier and he is very optimistic that they will win the AFCON trophy soon.
“But this blow has only made us stronger and hungrier to bring the cup home soon inshallah!”
Dede dedicated his ‘Goal King’ award to Ghanaians. “Although we were not able to put a smile in your hearts with a winning trophy for our country, all my hard work was not in vain because I was able to win the goal king award for you.”
“Thank you for all your support and most importantly believing in me because I couldn’t have done it without you. God bless you. AA.”