All Ghanaians were looking forward to a progression to semi – finals of the Fifa U 17 World Cup in India today. Notwithstanding the physical and technical strength of the Malians, the Ghanaian supporters still believed something positive could happen. One pundit, Collins Atta Poku, Kessben Fm, stood out and boldly predicted victory for Ghana, citing a perceived weakness in the wing backs of the Malian team. But all his colleagues did not believe so. The results however, did not go the way he wanted.
In Ghana’s quarter final match against Mali today, the dream to end the 22 – year old trophy drought became blurry right from the blast of the whistle as the Malians immediately took control. At the end of the day, Ghana was not disgraced, but were down by two goals to one after proceedings came to an end.
Although the Malians were physically superior, our boys fought till the last minutes . A number of mistakes which are normal with such young players cost us the ticket for the semi – final. Notable among such mistakes is that of the promising goalkeeper of the starlets, Ibrahim Danlad. The rate at which Danlad concedes goals is relatively low, but the second goal against him today was unfortunate.
We pray that such a fine talent in the young goalkeeper will not be destroyed by Ghanaians with noisy criticisms.
Meanwhile, the coach of the starlets, Paa Kwesi Fabin, expressed displeasure in the referee’s performance. That might have arisen from the fact that his team was denied what looked like a perfect equalizing goal during the game.
By : Douglas Marfo /@Herosportsgh