The players are afraid to miss penalties because of insults- Ibrahim Tanko

Published on: 25 November 2019

Ghana U23 head coach Ibrahim Tanko has said insult from Ghanaians left his players in doubt of kicking penalties in Friday’s 3rd place play-off match against South Africa.

Ghana missed out of earning an automatic ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after losing 4-2 on penalties (2-2 full time) to Ivory Coast in the semi- finals.

The gaffer told the media after the team lost to South Africa on Friday.

“The players are afraid to miss penalties because of insults they will receive back home, so they are in two minds when they are going to play,”

The defeat to the Amaglugglug was the Meteors second loss on penalties in three days. However, Ghana’s general fortunes in penalties in 2019 alone have been a disaster, with five separate instances of painful losses.