Head coach of the Black Starlets, Paa Kwesi Fabin says that his team’s main task in the African Under 17 Championships was to qualify for the World Cup in India and he is happy that was attained.
Ghana failed to win Sunday’s final after losing 1-0 to Mali thanks to a Mamadou Samake strike in the 20th minute.
Samake reacted quickest to a loose ball following Ghana goalie Ibrahim Danlad’s save from a penalty.
Danlad prevented the scoreline from growing with a a number of saves including one from a second penalty awarded by the referee.
After the match, Fabin said that despite the result, he was rather happy that Ghana would be making an appearance at the World Cup in India in October after a 10-year absence.
He also commended the Malians who became the fourth nation after Ghana, Nigeria, and Gambia to win the tournament twice.
“I have said that Mali deserved to win the title. They played very well. I do not know if I should shed tears for people to believe that we are sad at losing the final.
However, I am happy that we have been able to make it to the World Cup. We will prepare very well and you will see Ghana in a different way.”
Ghana, Mali, Niger and Guinea will know their respective opponents in the World Cup when the draw is held on July 7.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana