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Ghana U17 women's World Cup coach pleased with fightback despite defeat to Italy

Ghana coach Evans Adotey says his Black Maidens showed great fight at the U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup which unfortunately came to an end at the quarter-final stage.

Ghana U17 lost to Italy on penalties in Costa Rica

Ghana coach Evans Adotey says his Black Maidens showed great fight at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup which unfortunately came to an end at the quarter-final stage.

The Black Maidens lost out to Italy 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time in San Jose on Thursday.

After making a dream start courtesy a fourth minute goal by Jane Ayieyam, the Black Maidens fell back 2-1 by the 17th minute.

However, they persevered and got the equalizer in the 90th minute through Ernestina Abambila only to go out on penalties.

“My girls played to my strategy. After going down, I had to change my game plan and that enabled me to level the score.

“Unfortunately, I lost the battle. I commend my girls, they played very well to my game plan,” Adotey said after the game.

Though unable to achieve his target [reaching the final], Adotey was gracious in defeat and says the work to get Ghana to another World Cup begins after arriving home.

“Italy have gone through, so I would commend them,” the Ghana coach said as he congratulated the Azzurine for making the last-four for the first time.

“I was thinking of going to the next stage but unfortunately, I have lost the battle. I have to go back with my girls and start thinking about the way forward for the next edition of the World Cup qualifiers.”

On a night when the big decisions went against his side, Adotey says he was not pleased with many of the calls.

Italy scored one of their goals from a penalty and missed another from the spot in the second half as Ghana had a penalty appeal turned away and a goal disallowed to add up their frustration.

“I am upset. I wasn’t happy with the way the match traveled to the end. The inconsistent judgement against Ghana was so terrible,” he said.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:

    GOD WILL DEAL WITH HER. THE GH TEAM SHOULD HVE JUST WALKED OFF THE FIELD IN PROTEST. THIS FOOLISHNESS MUST END. GH OUTPLAYED THE ITALIANS ESPECIALLY IN THE 2ND HALF. GH TOOK THE GAME TO ITALY TIME N TIME AGAIN. THE ITALIANS LACKED CAPA. THE REF WAS THE 12TH ITALIAN ON THE FIELD. THE GAME SHOULDNT HVE GONE TO PENALTIES. IT WAS MIRACULOUS HOW GH EVEN EQUALISED BCOS A PREVIOUS GOAL WAS DISALLOWED. THE TEAM IS A FINAL 4 TEAM, BUT THEY WERE CLEARLY ROBBED. BETTER LUCK NEXTTIME. GOING FORWARD. ANY AFRICAN TEAM THAT GETS ROBBED LIKE THIS SHOULD JUST WALK OFF THE FIELD. LET THE WHITES AND ASIANS PLAY IN THE WCUP. YAKABUULU!

  2. Nabi says:

    I think the Gfa must lodge a protest or complain to fifa about the bias officiating the maidens endured.These r some of de reasons why no African team has won any womens’ competition.What nonsense

  3. Nabi says:

    To waive away two penalty calls n disallow a goal against Ghana but award two dubious penalties to de Italians was pure daylight robbery.

  4. joe boi says:

    I think the Italians bribe the referee or it might be a racism? the referee is the worst I’ve seen at the international level. disgraceful and abysmal officiating….. well done to the girls. they didn’t lose, the referee lost them the match,may God richly curse the referee and the womb that brought her.

  5. Acy says:

    Hmmmm…I have been sad since yesterday, i don’t know why the whites behave like this…they know that they cannot match Africans boot for boot so this was the only way out. There’s only 2 reasons:either the refree is a racist or she was bribed cause this Itali’s first time of giong to the quarter finals. This was the same thing that happened to us when we first went to the world cup and played with Itali..This is soo not fair..GFA shoul do something about this

  6. Acy says:

    To clear penalties denied yet Italy was awarded two penalties that didn’t befit them…This was a clear day light robbery…I will always say that winning on penalties doesn’t make you a winner…We outplayed them from the very first whistle till the end.

  7. aberico says:

    What u guys are saying is really true. You’ve said it all!

  8. alogospringi says:

    This bitch of a referee must be severely dealt with by FIFA.This shiould be the very last time she officiates at this tournament,.What a shame!Total digrace to the game of football.These are the kinds of referees that must be beaten to death right on the field and not innocent ones like the young man man who passed away in Tarkwa recently.For such racist and those her like,nothing good must come out of Africa.One of these days the unexpected could happen right there on the field so that the next time they have the chance to come into this world they will officiate with fairness that is if only they would dare be referees again.Stupidity of the highest order.Kudos gallant Maidens!!! You made Ghana and Africa proud in the face of adversity.All the best in future assignment.

  9. alogospringi says:

    This bitch of a referee must be severely dealt with by FIFA.This shiould be the very last time she officiates at this tournament,.What a shame!Total digrace to the game of football.These are the kinds of referees that must be beaten to death right on the field and not innocent ones like the young man man who passed away in Tarkwa recently.For such racist and those her like,nothing good must come out of Africa.One of these days the unexpected could happen right there on the field so that the next time they have the chance to come into this world they will officiate with fairness that is if only they would dare be referees again.Stupidity of the highest order.Kudos gallant Maidens!!! You made Ghana and Africa proud in the face of adversity.All the best in future assignments.

  10. biasreferee says:

    Technically, ghana uner 17 won the match 3 is to 2 agaianST Italy. The referee was so bias from yellow cards to wrongful penalties and denying clear goal.

  11. biasreferee says:

    As if she was there to help the Italians. I wish this is not going to be carried to the June Brazil world cup. I laugh to my teeth, how the korean face or japan can be so much one sided like that. It is so obvious.

  12. biasreferee says:

    I have watched the Nigerian game, the same thing. As if there is a meeting to remove the African teams from semi finals. Korea has been the leading champions and Ghana wiped them out initially, so they hated them.

    This world would never change when it comes to an african.

  13. spellBOUND says:

    “I am upset. I wasn’t happy with the way the match traveled to the end. The inconsistent judgement against Ghana was so terrible,”

    mr coach, u have said it all. thank you. GFA file a complaint to punish this ref…. nkwasiasem..