By Dennis Osei Gyamfi
Accra, Oct. 9, GNA - Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, Mr. Mike Ocquaye Jnr, has advised the National Under-17 team, the Black Starlets, to learn lessons from their defeat to the United States of America (USA), since it was caused by complacency.
The Black Starlets lost 0-1 in their second group game to the USA in the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) U-17 World Cup in India on Monday afternoon.
The team was punished for their in effectiveness upfront, as they created many goal-scoring opportunities, but failed to utilise them.
He said the team must eschew complacency, as it was the key reason why they lost.
“I just want us to learn lessons from any defeat, that is why you are all Under-17. Before you started the match, I was more confident you were going to beat Colombia than against the USA.
“The reason is that, when Ghana is facing tough oppositions, we play well. Colombia is a tough opposition and we beat them, but somehow against the USA whom we underrated, our performance dipped.
“The word here is complacency. It showed even in the first half. Well done but still this is a big lesson we must all learn,” he emphasized.
Mr. Ocquaye, who visited the team after the match, motivated them by praising the squad for their quality, adding that, they were” going to become the greatest Black Starlets ever assembled “but you have to also taste some defeats”.
Mr Ocquaye explained to the team that Ghana still supports them “unconditionally” regardless of the results.
Ghana’s next game is on Thursday October 12, at 14:30 hours at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium against host India.