Head Coach of the Black Galaxies, Annor Walker was left surprised following his side’s exit from the 2022 Algeria TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Ghana bowed out of the CHAN after losing 2-0 to Niger in the quarterfinals on Saturday, a result which has left Annor surprised.
“I am really down. I never expected to lose this match. Even at 2-0 down, we failed to score even just one goal. It is a very big blow for us as a team,” Annor Walker said after the game as quoted by CAFOnline.
“The Nigeriens were taking the 50/50 balls. They were determined. You could see that they were determined to win this match at all costs and when they got an early goal, it gave them more determination and, on our side, it demoralised us.
Ghana played the game without talisman Daniel Afriyie Barnieh due to a red card he picked up in the second group stage game against Sudan. When quizzed if the situation contributed to the defeat, Annor Walker said:
“Seriously I don’t know what to say because I am short of words. It is a very big blow losing this match but everything that God does is good.
“I have confidence in my players, but we have to give credit to Niger. I watched their game against Cameroon but today, they changed the way that they played.
“The early goal really demoralized us and when we conceded the second goal, we struggled to come back and eventually lost. I don’t think we deserved to lose.”
Following the shocking exit, Coach Annor Walker and his team are expected to arrive in the country later today.