Johannesburg - Defender John Pantsil says Ghana's inexperience ultimately cost
them after crashing out of the 2013 AFCON in the semi-finals against
According to the Football411.com website, Ghana took the lead through Mubarak Wakaso in the 13th minute and
it seemed the Black Stars would coast in to the final to face Nigeria.
The Stallions though fought back and equalised on the hour mark
through Aristide Bance to force the game in to extra-time and eventually
a penalty shoot-out where the Burkinabe triumphed 3-2.
Ghana had 10 players in their 23-man squad that took part in last
year's AFCON, so despite their relative inexperience made it through
the group stages after coming out of a group containing Mali, DR Congo
The Black Stars beat Cape Verde 2-0 in the quarter-final to
set-up a date with Burkina Faso who were regarded as underdogs for this
Nevertheless, the Burkinabe held on to defeat the four-time AFCON winners and enter their first-ever final.
"I don't think it was a bad day. We played so well and we should
know that this Black Stars team we came with young talented players and
11 players who have not been on this platform before," Panstil said in a
"At least to get them to this level, we came so far and I don't
think the boys disgraced themselves. They did very well. I believe that
in the next few years, they will grow up in football and get much
experience and prove to the whole world they deserve to be in the
Ghana faces Mali on Saturday in the AFCON bronze medal match, a replay of the 2012 match that Mali won 1-0.