Ghana’s all-time leading scorer Asamoah Gyan believes the best goalkeeper award at the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON) should have gone to Egypt’s Mohamed Qotb Abou Gabal Ali, also known as Gabaski and not Edouard Mendy.
Gabaski, who plies his trade for Zamalek in Egypt enjoyed a remarkable campaign at the just ended AFCON which was won by Senegal.
The 33-year old had his first chance to be in goal in the Round of 16 victory against Ivory Coast after Mohammed El-Shenawy picked up an injury.
Gabaski didn’t turn his back from then, going on to become the hero for his team in the penalty shootouts against Ivovry Coast and Cameroon.
In the final, Gabaski saved Sadio Mane’s 7th minute and also went on to make 7 others saves, a feat which earned him the man of the match award. Howbeit, it wasn’t enough as his side went on to lose the title on penalty shootouts.
Despite his heroics, he was overlooked for the best goalkeeper award and Ghana’s legend Asamoah Gyan disagrees with the decision.
“For me, I feel Gabaski has got that positive energy he uses to follow the team. For ten years, for him to be a second goalkeeper, there’s something he is doing behind the scenes to help the players,” Gyan said on SuperSports after the final match.
“Even when he’s on the field, the way he controls them you would see he’s a motivator. That’s why he’s been there all these years and when he had his chance, he was able to deliver. For me, I feel he was the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
“No disrespect to Mendy but he [Gabaski] did everything to keep Egypt in the tournament,” he added.
Gabaski made 4 appearances at the AFCON and conceded just a goal. He made (3.8) saves per game, only Sierra Leone’s Mohamed Kamara (5.7) made more.