Head coach of the Black Maidens, Evans Adotey is saddened by his side’s painful elimination from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Ghana tasted a painful defeat to Korea DPR as they missed out on a slot into the last four.
Ja Un-yong’s late goal for Korea saw the 2012 bronze medalist packing home after a gallant performance in the competition.
Striker Gifty Acheampong had cancelled Ri Un-jong’s goal for Korea before the Black Maidens conceded an avoidable free kick which saw Ja Un-yong snatching the winner for the former Champions.
Adotey who last got eliminated in the quarterfinals stage by Italy in 2014 has discussed on his side’s exit from the competition.
“We managed to beat Korea DPR in Costa Rica two years ago and it was definitely my ambition to do so again. It was a tough game but I really thought we thought we had done enough to take it to penalties.
“In the end though, the Koreans had their revenge. I’m down about what happened but I have accepted the defeat and I don’t blame any individual’s players. We should not have given away that late free-kick [which led to the winning goal] and concentration in front of goal also should have been better.
“The first goal – the penalty – also arose from a defensive error. But mistakes happen in football, and I also have responsibility to take. The result hurts us because it was our plan to make the last four.
“But I can say for sure that our players did their best and I am satisfied with their efforts.
Ghana recovered from a slow start in the competition to qualify out of a tough group made up of Japan, USA and Paraguay.