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Maidens coach Adotey won't blame players for 'cruel' FIFA U17 Women's World Cup exit

Published on: 13 October 2016
Maidens coach Adotey won't blame players for 'cruel' FIFA U17 Women's World Cup exit
Evans Adotey

Black Maidens coach Evans Adotey is refusing to blame his players for their injury time capitulation in their painful 2-1 defeat to Korea DPR in the quarter-final of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

Ghana’s defence to clear a low cross which landed inside the box after goalkeeper Kayza Massey had been beaten.

Substitute Ja Un-Yong slotted home from close range to break Maidens hearts at the Al Hassan International Stadium.

A crestfallen Adotey has taken that painful and cruel exit from the tournament on the chin.

He said in a post-match interview: ''We managed to beat Korea DPR in Costa Rica two years ago and it was definitely my ambition to do so again. It was a tough game but I really thought we thought we had done enough to take it to penalties. In the end though, the Koreans had their revenge.

''I'm down about what happened but I have accepted the defeat and I don't blame any individuals players.

''We should not have given away that late free-kick [which led to the winning goal] and concentration in front of goal also should have been better.

''The first goal - the penalty - also arose from a defensive error. But mistakes happen in football, and I also have responsibility to take.

''The result hurts us because it was our plan to make the last four. But I can say for sure that our players did their best and I am satisfied with their efforts.''

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