FIFA U-17 WWC: Goalkeeper Grace Buoadu let us down - Coach Evans Adotey

Published on: 26 November 2018

Black Maidens head coach Evans Adotey claims goalkeeper Grace Banwa Buoadu errors were the cause of their elimination from the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup on Sundays.

The experienced gaffer couldn't hide his anger after the game, citing goalkeeping errors amounted to their elimination from the tournament.

Ghana drew 2-2 with Mexico in the quarterfinals within regulations time but lost 4-2 on penalties to the South Americans.

The competition's topscorer Mukarama Abdulai gave the Maidens the lead by the 46th minute after she met a cross from Mavis Owusu before Nicole Perez equalised from the spot for Mexico on the hour mark.

Substitute Susan Teye restored Ghana's lead on 75th minute but a goalkeeping howler from Boadu late in the game helped Perez to score her second goal of the day, which dragged the encounter into penalty shootouts. Justice Tweneboah and Elizabeth Oppong missed their kicks for Ghana.

"We played very well in this game and in the tournament as a whole but our goalkeeper let us down," Adotey said.

"We scored first and they had the equaliser, we came again and took the lead. Instead of having the composure and concentrate on the game, I didn't know what actually happened.

"Look at the foul and goal we conceded, how will I even describe it? The goalkeeper let us down at the crucial stage," he added.

Ghana's elimination means that there will be no African representatives at the semis since South Africa and Cameroon were booted out in the group stage.