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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan was slow against DR Congo - Karim Zito

Posted On Monday, 21st January 2013

Coach Karim Zito believes Gyan's pace let him down

Asante Kotoko youth team coach, Karim Zito, believes Asamoah Gyan fell short of a world class striker in Sunday’s AFCON stalemate against DR Congo. 

The former Sunderland striker, 27, missed an early sitter and squandered a flurry of opportunities that fell to him as the Black Stars allowed DR Congo to claw back to snatch a 2-2 draw at the Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium on Sunday.

Ghana’s best chance of the game fell to Gyan on the 41st minute mark as a Derek Boateng defense-splitting weighted cross found him in space but the Al Ain man failed to bury the ball into the net.

Karim Zito, who is Kotoko’s development and reserves coach says Gyan’s slow pace let him down.

“Gyan delayed on that chance too much. And he had a split second to make that decision as a result he went for placement and missed,” he told Accra-based Happy FM.

However, the Black Stars captain has insisted there is still confidence in Ghana’s camp despite the  team’s disappointing performance.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. TT says:

    A chance that both Clottey and Boakye would have easily scored?
    Why did the coach keep Annan on the bench? Left Vorsah and Jonathan with World Cup experience and played Akaminko in your very first AFCON match?

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      WHY WOULDNT HE BE SLOW? OMO TUO N BEANS STRIKER WEI….HE DOES NOT POSSESS THE MENTALITY TO BE A CAPTAIN. LOOKING AT THE HAIRSTYLES OF THE PLAYERS ALONE AND YOU WILL REALISE THAT THEY ARE NOT DISCIPLINED….
      GYAN
      IS A FOOLISH STRIKER. HE HAS NO KILLER INSTINCT INFRONT OF THE NET. ANY STRIKER WHO CANT SMELL BLOOD INFRONT
      OF THE NET IS USELESS, IMPOTENT STRIKER!
      WHY ARE THE NAMES ON THESE FOOLISH TYE N DYE PUMA JERSEYS IN SMALL CAPS. I WANT TO KNOW WHY? GFA, DID PUMA GIVE US A DISCOUNT TO HVE
      OUR NAMES IN SMALL LETTERS OR NOT? ATROCIOUS JERSEYS FROM PUMA. AFCON HAS TURNED INTO A PUMA FASHION SHOWCASE….FOOLISH GFA!
      NYANTAKYI NEEDS BINOCULARS NOT GLASSES, BCOS HE STILL CANT SEE SHIT!

      • Mojahadine says:

        I agree with you whole heartedly, I dispise that Gyan guy. He scores a lot of easy goals in UAE but always fall short when it comes to African football. All the coaches keep kissing his behind. Instead they should let him come from the bench. He is very slow, uncreative, unintelligent but keeps keeping Ghana from winning any games. He blew about 3chances that could have resulted in at least 2goals for Ghana.

        I am sorry but he needs to be replaced by Klottey. Gyan is just useless.

  2. simon baghdad says:

    BUT HE IS SLOW BECAUSE HE PLAYS FOOTBALL IN THE ARAB WORLD , WHERE HE IS THE BEST BECAUSE THEY DONT HAVE WORLD CLASS FOOTBALLERS… LOOK AT HOW HE RUNS AND COMPARE HIM TO DANNY WELBECK OR BA….MY BROTHER HE WILL NEVER CHANGE, SO IT IS A WASTE OF TIME…..

  3. Union Leader says:

    Slow is an understatement!He appears lethargic and uninterested throughout the entire game. Does he understand what it means to be a Captain of a National side? Oh dear!!!Somebody explains to him what it entails please!!!

  4. mich says:

    He is suppose to be 27? Plays like a 35yr old..he is not going to get any quicker is he? Coz that ll be going against nature.maybe boakye-yiadom might get a shout??

  5. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    he is slow bcos he is filled with omo tuo and beans hajia style. he is an impotent striker. if the players were doing wat i have been telling them to do like lifting metal. they would be faster, stronger and would have less CATASTROPHIC INJURIES. UNFORTUNATELY, TOO MANY OF MY PPL ARE FOOLS. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY. THE SCIENCE IS THERE TO SUPPORT WAT IM SUGGESTING, BUT WILL THE PLAYERS AND COACH AA ADVISE THESE GUYS TO DO SO…NO!

    IM SORRY, BUT AA DOESNT UNDERSTAND THE ART OF COACHING. IM SORRY. UNDER HIM, WE AINT GOING NOWHERE. AA IS INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT. HE JUST HAS A BIG HEAD. NO KNOWLEDGE, NO WISDOM. AT THIS POINT IN YOUR CAREER AFTER OVER 6 YRS AS DEPUTY COACH, U STILL CANT SEE COACHING NO SO? I MEAN HOW?…
    WHEN U LOOK AT BARCELONA. EACH PLAYER ON THE TEAM PLAYS BREAK AND PASS SOCCER. ONLY XABI AND MESSI DRIBBLE OR HOLD UNTO THE BALL. EACH PLAYER PLAYS SIMPLE. BREAK PASS..2 TOUCHES. THEY MOVE THE BALL BY PLAYING 2 TOUCH. NO PLAYER STANDS IDLE. ALL THE PLAYERS R CONSTANTLY MOVIN AS THE PLAYERS MOVE THE BALL IN A TRIANGULAR FASHION WITH THEIR BREAK AND PASS STYLE. ITS ALL MECHANICS. BARCELONA WILL NEVER OVERLAP A BALL FROM 7 TO 11..NEVER…THEY DO 3 THINGS AT THE SAME TIME: PLAYERS R MOVING, PLAYING 2 TOUCHES, MOVING THE BALL IN A TRIANGULAR FASHION. THIS MAKES THE OPPONENTS VERY FRUSTRATED, TIRED AND CHASING AFTER THE BALL. BEFORE THE OPPONENTS IS AWARE, MESSI HAS THE BALL AND IS ALREADY IN THE 18 YARD BOX. IF YOU ARE A DEFENDER AND ARE NOT SMART..BOOM! PENALTY OR MESSI WILLS CORE..SIMPLE! I DOPNT HAVE ANY COACHING BADGES OR CERTIFICATES, BUT I WATCH BARCELONA AND THIS IS SIMPLY WHAT THEY DO. MAN U, CHELSEA, REAL MADRID ARE ALL TRYING TO COPY BARCELONA’S STYLE OF PLAY, BUT THEY CANT PERFECT IT. ITS FUNNY BECAUSE SPAIN PLAYS THE SAME STYLE, AND GUESS WHO BARCELONA AND SPAIN COPIED THIS STY;E FROM? GHANA! THEY COPIED THIS STYLE FROM GHANA IN WCUP 2006. THE ONLY THING DIFFERENT FROM BARCELONA, SPAIN AND GH SQUAD 2006 IS STRIKING AND GOALS SCORING OPTIONS….WE NEED TO PLAY THE 532 FORMATION IN TOURNAMENTS. STRIKERS/attackers win you a match, DEFENDERS win you a tournament. AA CAN PLAY THE 4321, 442 ETC TO WIN SINGLE GAMES, BUT IN A TOURNAMENT LIKE THIS. YOU ONLY HAVE A CHANCE IF YOUR DEFENDERS ARE ON POINT.

  6. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    LOOK AT THE NAMES ON THE CONGO JERSEYS. ARE THEY IN SMALL LETTERS R CAPS? GH FOOLS ASSOCIATION HMMM.

  7. knee says:

    what has missing thaat chance got to do with pace if anything at all it was the precision of the technique that failed him. you could see even he was shocked he missed it happens it is rare but it happens. lets be a little more objective guys

  8. Papa T says:

    pls take it easy on the baby jet it is part of the game also this is the outcome when u decide to drop our best players currently in europe i mean the Ayew’s and instead u take players from UAE to the tournament .what do u expect.i wish the Black Stars all the best.

  9. anokwale says:

    Yes he is slow but he did make a great pass to Kwadwo Asamoah who then got it to Agyeman Badu for the first goal!! We can just substitute at the 60 minute mark for fresh legs. Even Zambia sat Katongo after 70 minutes.

  10. Fiifi says:

    The man is not fit, not injured but SIMPLY NOT FIT. No stamina and very stagnant! ONYAME ANUA that is what he is playing at the moment and this has also infected Atsu!!! When they lose the ball you see them standing. The players are tired, very tired; the medical dept should react fast , otherwise things would be NYAMAAA!

  11. GH FUO u have the brains of a pea says:

    This is Ghanasoccernet’s biggest troll, he wants ghana to play like barca without thinking whether we have the personel or not, he wants the coach to listen to him even though he has never coached under 5 yrs before, why shd AA LISTEN TO A TROLL, BETTER STFU and get in line

  12. jon says:

    poisonous man coach zito,,,stop undermining/backbiting coach didi dramani in kotoko,,,dont behave like ur boss coach malik who backbited bogdan korak and coach sabuto last 2 seasons in kotoko

  13. SAIDU says:

    Black stars don’t have players like Abayie who can run too fast. Most of black stars players run too slow like a tortoise! I guess they ate Fufu and tuo zaafi before the match started

  14. kuukuwa says:

    backbite and take up his job or what? that he was not part of those who took didi to kotoko or what? rubbish, fire will burn all of you for talking about what you dont know.

  15. MT says:

    The names of the players are in small caps because puma designed them so. GFA like every other association in Africa, has no hand in jersey designs. Puma has done a great deal for African football, especially considering the fact that they sponsor the team and have even given the black stars a team bus. I honestly don’t have a problem with the small caps though, but if we are to point out our grievances, it should be targetted at puma and not the GFA.





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