(By Veronica Commey, GNA. Courtesy Global Haulage Co. Ltd)
Dakar, Mar. 19, GNA – Black Satellites’ coach Sellas Tetteh has blamed lack of potency upfront for his side’s semi-finals defeat to Nigeria at the African Youth Championship (AYC), in Senegal.
Ghana lost 2-0 to Nigeria to miss any hope of playing at the finals with the winner of host Senegal and Mali in Dakar on Sunday.
Tetteh said “I am highly disappointed because we were not clinical upfront. Our opponents did not get many too clear chances and but took all those they got.
“The boys played very well except that clinical finishing was our problem,” said Tetteh who last won the tournament with the victorious 2009 Africa and World Champions.
He was critical of a second half penalty awarded to Nigeria agaist the run of play. “Nigeria was fortunate to get an early goal, and when we were pushing, they got a penalty.
“I may have to watch the penalty replay on television but it was a little bit debatable and contestable.”
Nigeria against the run of play doubled the advantage from the spot after Patrick Asmah caught advancing Muhammed Musa in the box.
The Flying Eagles captain, Musa after getting fouled stepped forward to beat goalkeeper Michael Sai with a grounder to consolidated their lead in the 72 minutes.
Ghana has won two and lost two times in four matches with their last scheduled for Sunday when they chase bronze.
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