Ghana have to move on, says coach

2014-01-18 12:38

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu has admitted to being disappointed by the way his side gave up their lead to be held 1-1 by Libya.

“We took a lead in the first half and then conceded a penalty in the second. We carried the game and then all of a sudden things changed,” Konadu said yesterday in the post-match press conference at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

As things stand in Group C of the African Nations Championship, Libya, Ghana (both on four points) and Congo, with three points, can still make the quarterfinals.

The final group games will be played simultaneously on Tuesday, with Libya taking on the Congolese Red Devils at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane and Ghana lining up against Ethiopia in Bloemfontein.

The Libyans and the Black Stars just need draws to secure qualification, while Congo need to win or play a draw if already eliminated Ethiopia, (no points) manage to beat Ghana.

The west Africans, who were pre-tournament favourites, are yet to impress in the competition as they look undercooked and wasteful in front of goal.

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“We have to move on. Libya have the same points as us so the pressure is on everybody,” said Konadu. “We just have to go back and prepare well for Ethiopia.”

Ghana captain Jordan Opoku said: “Our next game has to come together. We need to utilise all our chances, especially the ones we get in the first half, to make playing the second half easier.”

Meanwhile, Libyan captain Ali Salama was satisfied with the team spirit and fightback.

The north Africans also had a goal controversially disallowed in the encounter.

“We didn’t start off well in the hot weather and started to press them further in the second half,” Salama said. “We also missed a lot of chances but a draw is a fair result.”

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