Ghana U17 coach lambastes players for poor finishing

Ghana U17 coach lambastes players for poor finishing
John Otu of Ghana clears ball from Hamid Galissoune Ajina of Niger during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Ghana and Niger at the Port Gentil Stadium, Gabon on 24 May 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday May 26, 2017. 13:00

Ghana U17 coach Samuel Fabian said they have entertained their fans in Gabon as his men reached the final of the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Starlets defeated Niger 6-5 on penalties in Wednesday's semi-final as they booked a spot in their fourth final.

Following their win over the Menas Cadets, they booked a spot in the final against Mali, who also defeated Guinea via penalty shoot-outs in the other semifinal.

The Ghanaian coach says missing a number of their chances is what bothers him ahead of the final set for Sunday.


“We have given people of Port Gentil really entertainment, it was a very tactical match and I want to congratulate Niger for giving us a very good match,” said the coach.

“Though we had chances, we missed them up but we are lucky to go through on penalties, we would go back into the drawing and correct the mistakes before heading for the final on Sunday.

“We scored nine goals in the first two matches and we couldn't score in the last two matches. I wished I can be crowned winners of this tournament now because I don't have any preference between Mali and Guinea.”

The final will be hosted at the iconic Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville at 21:30 as the Black Starlets will hope to emerge as victors.

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