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Ghana coach Evans Adotey blames World Cup defeat to Canada on complacency

Published on: 24 March 2014
Ghana to face Italy in the quarter finals

Ghana coach Evans Adotey has attributed the 2-1 defeat to Canada in the final group game at the World Cup to complacency.

The Black Maidens top Group B of the ongoing U17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica despite the defeat to the Canadians who also progress as the group’s runner’s up.

Ghana has made an impressive start to their campaign at the World Cup following opening wins against Korea DPR and Germany.

Evans Adotey’s side however lost their 100 percent start to the competition with the 2-1 defeat to Canada who played the remaining quarter of the game with a man down.

The Black Maidens coach has blamed the defeat on complacency.

“I believe we lost this game due to complacency,” he said.

“After winning our two games and to qualify for the knockout stages, I think the girls got swollen-headed.

“If you look at this game for instance, even though we had a one player advantage, we couldn’t score.”

Ghana will be facing Italy in the quarter finals of the World Cup on Thursday.

The Black Maidens hope to better their bronze medal feat achieved last term in Azerbaijan.


This article has 2 comment(s), give your comment
  • Sterlingz says:
    March 24, 2014 08:11 am
    why didnt u phsych them...that is why Niferia will always have my respect since they will always go all out.
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 24, 2014 03:42 pm
    u can only psych players only to a certain degree. i don't think the loss was due to complacency, but the determination of canada to survive. canada has a really good defense. they conceded 0 goals in qualifying. the right back of mayi and left back of yekka are world class. ghana had chances, but after canada were down to 10, they regressed into their half to protect their lead. if ghana needed a win, this game would have been different. the coach also had a different starting lineup from the previous 2 matches. that also factored. 9ja needed a win to avoid japan so they went all out. i personally think they can beat japan. 9ja's speed will trouble both the 2 best teams in the tournament in japan and venezuela.