Ghana defender John Paintsil
Ghana defender John Pantsil has put his side’s failure to make it to the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to inexperience.
The right-back was forced to leave the pitch ten minutes into Wednesday night’s semi-final defeat to Burkina Faso in Nelspruit after picking up an injury.
The Hapoel Tel Aviv ace pulled a muscle and had to be replaced by winger Solomon Asante in what was described as a tactical change.
His absence was felt as the Black Stars lost 3-2 on penalties to a stronger Stallions side after both teams tied 1-1 after extra-time.
Pantsil, playing in his fifth Nations Cup finals, is looking at the positives of their inability to end a 31-year wait for a fifth African title.
“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 a young talented players and 11 players who have not been on this platform before,” Panstil said in a post-match interview.
“At least to get themselves 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 national team.”
Ghana will now play their Group B opponents Mali on Saturday for bronze in a replay of the 2012 edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea when they both met in the first round and third-place play-off.