Gyan cries foul of Yattara

2015-02-08 11:27
Naby-Moussa Yattara (AFP)
Bata - Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is urging the CAF to impose a heavy punishment on the Guinea goalkeeper, Naby-Moussa Yattara, following the shot-stopper’s brutal tackle on the 29-year-old goal poacher.

The Conakry-born goal minder was given the marching orders, in their 3-0 defeat at the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final match against the Black Stars last weekend, for his career threatening tackle on Gyan’s groin, which led to the Ghanaian missing out on their semi-final win over host nation, Equatorial Guinea, on Thursday.

Gyan said it is not fair on him or any player if someone could just come into the tournament with an intention to end fellow players’ career without a valid reason and the continent’s football governing body must take appropriate actions against the brutal Guinean.

Gyan also stressed out that he will never forgive Yattara for the incident.

“I’m getting better and am responding well to the treatment and all is going according to plan,” Gyan said

“Thanks to the medical team for working so hard to bring me back.

“I want to take this opportunity and plead to CAF to punish that guy (Yattara).

“Because it is not fair to leave your club and come to Africa and hurt another player with a career threatening injury tackle without any reason and go back home walking free.

“So, am appealing to CAF and FIFA to take make a big punishment against him, because if they don’t do that, everyone will come back to the African Nations Cup and injure another player, end their careers and then go back home free.

“Nobody will respect African football if they (CAF) don’t do anything about it.

“FIFA, please do something because it is really uncalled for, that guy almost ended my career.

“We always want to play fairly, but that was not fair play.

“If we are talking about fair play, that wasn’t fair play at all.

“Personally, I will never forgive him.”

Gyan is likely to return to lead his teammates when the Black Stars face Ivory Coast in the Final of the continental showpiece at the Estadio de Bata on Sunday.

Kick-off is scheduled for 21:00 (SA Time).

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