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Lee Addy rejects claims Ghanaian footballers 'fear' penalties

Published on: 16 September 2020
Lee Addy rejects claims Ghanaian footballers 'fear' penalties
RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: (L-R) Anthony Annan, Lee Addy

Ghana defender Lee Addy says Ghanaian players are 'not afraid' of penalty shootouts despite the country's poor record from the spot at international competitions. 

The Black Stars have twice lost the Nations Cup on penalties, in 1992, and 2015 to Ivory Coast, and saw their chances of reaching the semifinals of the World Cup thrown out of the window after a penalty shootout defeat to Uruguay in 2010.

At the last Nations Cup in Egypt, the Black Stars were eliminated from the tournament after losing to Tunisia on penalties.

But Addy believes the trend will change soon.

”We are not afraid of penalties, there are a number of people who are experts in taking penalties," he said on Citi TV’s The Tracker.

“Sometimes during training, we practice taking penalties and we decide on one or two people who are better at it and will deliver when called upon.

“So I don’t think we have a fear of penalties, we only need to have confidence in ourselves.

“It doesn’t mean we are afraid, a time will come where things will change.”

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