Ayiah apologises to Ghanaians … For failure to win U-17 trophy

Ayiah — Captain, Starlets

Ayiah — Captain, Starlets

Skipper of the National U-17 side, Eric Ayiah, has asked Ghanaians to forgive the team for their inability to bring home the FIFA U-17 Holy Grail.
Defending African champions, the Eaglets of Mali, inflicted a third successive win over Ghana in five months last Staurday in Guwahati  to all but end the dream.
Ayiah, who led the team to the tournament, told reporters after the game that they knew Ghanaians are disappointed in them for their performance.
“We the playing body are equally disappointed for failing to honour our promise to Ghanaians.”
According to him, the team was privy to the massive support Ghanaians gave them and they wanted to show appreciation for the  love by returning with the trophy “but we could not.”
“We did our very best to go for the ultimate, but luck eluded us and we got knocked out by a Malian side that was very strong strength-wise and outclassed us.”
Ayiah asked Ghanaians not to see them as failures but rather embrace them and keep them in their prayers as they hope to come out successful in future tournaments for the country.
“All is not lost. Ghanaians should continue praying for us. This time was not our time but surely we will have our glory moments in the future,” he added.
He further stated that with what he has seen of the Malian side, they are in pole position to win the tournament and as Africans, we must back them to bring honour to the continent.
Ghana’s last attempt at the cadet level was in 2007 in South Korea where the team reached the semi-finals, losing out to Spain.

From Raymond Ackumey, India

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