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Black Maidens coach Evans Adotey confident of reaching semi-final

Published on: 26 March 2014
Evans Adotey

Ghana coach Evans Adotey is brimming with confidence that her girls will beat Italy to reach the semi-final of the 2014 FIFA U17 Women's World Cup finals.

The Black Maidens, who topped Group B, face the Azzurrine on Thursday to seek a second consecutive medal zone stage appearance in the history of the competition.

Ghana’s title charge has been slowed by a final Group match defeat to Canada but Adotey remains positive.

"At the last edition Ghana won bronze, but the expectation of the Ghana team and myself is to go beyond the bronze medal. Now we prepare for the quarter-final and this is where we want to be," Adotey said.

"It's all about motivation," he said.

"What is left is motivation and we need that to bring them up.

"As a coach, I am not afraid. I am ever ready to battle whoever comes my way.

"I feel comfortable because my first objective is achieved. In the group stages, I set a target for myself by qualifying for the next round.

"The next step is to move ahead into the semi-final stage."

Ghana won bronze at the 2012 finals in Azerbaijan.


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  • WILSON says:
    March 26, 2014 07:08 am
    It was wrong for the coach to bench his regular right full back & worse still to have sent the first choice left full back to the right full back position. all the two goals were created from the full backs. Worse still the player who played as left full back against Canada should not have been on the pitch. She contributed to the 2 goals conceded against Canada Again the player in the 10 jersey cannot be the stand in for the most efficient player Owusu Ansah. Lastly, the holding midfielder although very hard working and enthusiastic, is not efficient in releasing the balls forward. She holds onto the ball a little longer and releases it to a colleague only either when the colleague is marked or she herself has been closed in. Also like agyemang badu she attempts needless shots on goal instead of sending incisive passes to the head striker.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 26, 2014 07:21 am
    @Wilson, well noted bro. I was just about to comment on the same stuff, in fact you took the words outta ma mouth lol. Need I say more? You've already said it all.