Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus has leapt to the defense of his skipper Andre Ayew after his penalty miss in the final Group H game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup against Uruguay on Friday.
The Black Stars bowed out of the World Cup after they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Uruguay and South Korea came from a goal down to beat Portugal 2-1 in the other group game.
Skipper Andre Ayew has largely been blamed for the exit due to a penalty he missed in the 21st minute when the game was still scoreless, but Kudus has refused to Succumb to those claims.
‘’I don’t think the penalty miss by Andre Ayew was the key moment in the match, the easiest thing we can do is to blame one person,” Kudus told the media after the game.
‘’In the second half I also got chances that I could have scored, it qualified as a penalty also so we all had chances to have an effect in the game so I don’t really think the penalty had an effect on the whole performance’’.
‘’Andre is a great leader and a great captain. After the penalty miss, he was still in the game and stood up for the team like everyone did but the result went the other way so we learn from it and stay positive’’.
‘’I think what happened in the past we can’t really change it, the fucus was to get out of the group, that was the main thing’’ he added.
The development means Ghana have failed to progress to the Round of 16 of the World Cup in their last two appearances (2014 and 2022) after advancing in their first two appearances at the competition (2006 and 2010).