Starlets rearguard gets high marks in win over Colombia

Friday 6th October , 2017 6:23 pm
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Robert Mejia of Columbia and Najeeb Yakubu (jersey number 5) of Ghana battle for the ball
© Getty Images Robert Mejia of Columbia and Najeeb Yakubu (jersey number 5) of Ghana battle for the ball

Black Starlets head coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin, has heaped praise on his goalkeeper, Ibrahim Danlad and his defence for their output in the team’s 1-0 victory over Colombia in the first group A match in the 2017 U-17 World Cup match played on Friday.

The back four of Najeeb Yakubu, Abdul Yusif, Gideon Mensah, and Rashid Alhassan managed to keep the Colombians at bay for long periods of the match and eventually held out for the victory.

Their efforts were commended by Fabin but he also thought the team did not perform well on the day.

“I give credit to my goalkeeper and the defence. I think they did tremendously well. However, I am a bit disappointed in the team overall.

We usually pass the ball round but we abandoned it and started to play it long like the Colombians.

But I am happy we got our first victory of the tournament. It was important to start on a winning note.”

Ghana will face the United States, who beat India 3-0 in the other group match, on Monday and a victory for the Starlets will send them into the second round of the tournament.

 

 

 

By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana