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Black Maidens coach reckons the early goals conceded dazed his side

Published on: 03 October 2016

Black Maidens coach Evans Adotey says the early goals conceded against Japan dampened the spirit of his girls in their defeat to Japan.

The U17 side began their FIFA U17 campaign on a jerky note as they lost 5-0 to Japan on Saturday.

The team conceded as early as the 7th minute and by end of the first half, they were four goals down.

“We had a game plan today. I knew that in our opening match we’d be facing a very strong Japanese side.

I know their strengths and that’s why I wanted to put them under pressure early on. However, we conceded easy goals far too quickly. They were simple passes that completely took out our entire defence,” he told

However, he did not feel bogged down by the result and was confident that the Maidens could get a good result in their next two group matches against the USA on Tuesday and Paraguay on Saturday.

“We’ve still got two more games and we’re by no means out of the competition yet. We’ll bounce back against USA and get back to our old strength.

I’ll learn some lessons from today’s game and maybe go back to playing simple football and playing on the break.”


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