By Owusu Ansah Doe
Ghana defeated Korea DPR in her first group game by two unanswered goals. Goals from Jane Ayieyam and Sandra Owusu Ansah ensured Ghana's flag was hoisted high in Costa Rica last night in the ongoing FIFA U17 Women World Cup.
A scintillating display from Sandra Owusu Ansah who injured herself later in the game, ensured she was awarded the most valuable player of the match by FIFA's technical committee in an epic clash. Her joy
could not go unnoticed.
However, it was the masterminder of Ghana's victory - Coach Evans Adotey who was much elated. Speaking at the customary, post-match presser, he said :
"My first objective was to win the first match against Korea DPR, and the second objective is to qualify for the knockout stage" he further added, "now our focus is on our next match against Germany. Sometimes
we lost our concentration so we need to look at that". Ecstatic Adotey was hasty to compliment his tactics on the day, "We had a strategy for both our defence and attack and it worked perfectly."
His opposite number, coach Sun Ui Gun of Korea DPR also reckoned "We conceded early goals because players lost concentration. We came here with the hope of being the champions." Nonetheless, the coach also tried uplifting the defeated girls with the following words as morale-booster for subsequent games "We have to accept the result and put our focus on the next match. Our players are young and most are at
this level for the first time, so we need to encourage them to make sure they are well prepared for the next matches and also future World Cups."
Ghana who leads group B log after the other sides settled for a two-all games have her next match on Tuesday night against household name Germany whiles Korea DPR squares off with Canada.