Medeama’s Samuel Boadu: Johnson Smith must learn to lose with dignity

Medeama’s Samuel Boadu: Johnson Smith must learn to lose with dignity
epa05507700 Medeama SC player Gordon Joseph (L) fight for the ball during the CAF Confederation Cup soccer match between Mouloudia olympique Bejaia of Algeria and Medeama SC of Ghana in Bejaia 250 km east of Algiers, Algeria, 23 August 2016. EPA/STR

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Mar 20, 2018. 20:00

Medeama SC coach Samuel Boadu has criticised his Karela United counterpart Johnson Smith, saying the veteran must learn to lose with dignity.

Medeama defeated Karela 1-0 in their opening Ghana Premier League clash this past weekend, sparking Smith to blame referee Bright Nsiah and Boadu’s “negative” tactics for the loss.

But the Medeama gaffer has hit back, saying Smith is using excuses to avoid facing up to Karela’s shortcomings in the match.

"I have never said anywhere that I will adopt crude means to win the game. It's a figment of his own imagination," Boadu told reporters, as quoted by Ghanasoccernet.

"He [Smith] must learn to accept defeat. That is the hallmark of a good coach. You don't go attacking your colleagues.

"My boys did not play as I wanted but we must be content with bagging the three points. I have to go back and correct the mistakes.

"I have not come here to blame Karela coach for anything. He has been in the business long enough to understand that this is football.

"His boys played well but we were the luckier on the day. He must learn to accept defeat."

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