'We deserved more:' Ghana's Kudus reacts to draw against Egypt in AFCON

Ahmed Seif , Friday 19 Jan 2024

Ghana's Mohammed Kudus scored twice on his return from injury, but his side was left frustrated after a 2-2 draw with Egypt in The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match on Thursday.

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Ghana s midfielder #20 Mohamed Kudus celebrates scoring his team s second goal during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 group B football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on January 18, 2024. AFP

 

Kudus admitted to mixed emotions about the result, which leaves Ghana's qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

"It's a mixed feeling, as an attacker, you want your goals to contribute to the win, but we got a point today. I felt we deserved more because their goals came from our silly mistakes. We need to learn from that," Kudus told reporters after the game.

The West Ham forward, who missed the previous game due to a hamstring issue, put Ghana ahead twice, but Egypt responded with goals from Mohamed Salah and Mostafa Mohamed.

"I'm happy to be back, I worked hard to get back and help my team, my nation. It's important for me to be here." Kudus said.

Despite the setback, Kudus remains optimistic about Ghana's chances of reaching the knockout stage and ending their long wait for the title.

"We'll put this game aside and focus on the next one, We knew Egypt was strong, so we came with all our energy and enthusiasm. Credit to the boys, everyone gave their all. We fought hard, and now we need to focus on the next game." he said.

"Our ultimate goal is to lift the trophy, but the first step is getting out of the group," Kudus emphasized. "We'll take it one game at a time. We came here to win the trophy, so we can't look too far ahead," he added.

Kudus also wished a speedy recovery to Egypt's veteran, Mohamed Salah, who was substituted off with a suspected injury in the first half.

"We know he's a top player, but my focus was on my team, With or without him, we approached the game the same way. I'm sorry for his injury and wish him a speedy recovery, but we played with the same mentality regardless," Kudus said.

Ghana's fate now hangs in the balance as they face Mozambique in their final group game on Monday. Egypt, meanwhile, have a long-shot chance to secure their place in the round of 16 with a match against Cape Verde.

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