Mauritius interim coach Mauritius Arkbar Partel admitted his side lost to a superior and more experienced side after their 7-1 demolishing at the hands of Ghana in their opening 2017 AFCON qualifier on Sunday.
The Black Stars hammered the islanders 7-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium, and the win served as warning to Rwanda and Mozambique – the other Group H opponents.
Akbar Partel who stepped in as interim boss of the islanders’ following the sacking of Didier Six admitted his side faced a stronger team in the Black Stars, hence the massive defeat.
‘The strength of the Ghanaian team and the experience of their players made the difference today,’ Arkbar said at the post-match press conference.
‘In the first half, we were a bit unsettled. It took us time to get into the game and the two early goals put us out of the game.
‘And it was easy for the Ghanaian team after the two goals.
‘If the score is a big one then I think it is because of the difference of the two teams today,’ he noted.
The second group games of the qualifiers resume on September, Mauritius will play Mozambique and must pick points to enhance their chances of qualifying to 2017 Afcon which will be staged in Gabon.
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