Black Satellites Management Committee Chairman, Winfred Osei Kweku Palmer says his side’s desire to put smiles on the faces of the recent flood and fire victims accounted for their victory over Panama last Friday dawn.
The Ghanaians put up a spirited performance to record a 1-0 win in their last Group game to finish as Group B winners with seven points, followed by Austria who bagged five points.
According to Palmer, losing a few hours after the Wednesday disaster that claimed about 200 lives would have been double agony for the bereaved families of the Accra flood victims.
Speaking shortly after the game, he said, ‘We played for the families of those who have lost their lives through the flood and fire explosion and Ghanaians in general.
‘I spoke with the boys that it was a must-win game, and that there was no way they should lose that game. The team was motivated and they decided to give their best shot, hence the victory.
‘We couldn’t have lost that game, no; that would have been double agony for Ghanaians and especially for families of the flood and fire victims.
‘We couldn’t have lost after making people sacrifice their sleep to watch the game at dawn. We respected all our opponents, especially the Argentines and we did the same in this game.’
According to Palmer, his side had set a semifinal target, saying, ‘The boys have told themselves they will not go home now. We are at the critical stage now where the slightest mistake will send you packing.’
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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