Coach Adotey explains goalie substitution

Head Coach of the national female U-17 team, the Black Maidens has explained the late substitution of goalkeeper Grace Boadu during the team’s defeat to Mexico in the 2018 FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup in Uruguay on Sunday.


Black Maidens captain Mukarama Abdullai handed them a deserved lead a minute after recess before Nicole Perez equalised from the spot for Mexico on the hour mark.

But the Maidens came a whisker of sealing a memorable semifinal berth after substitute forward Susan Teye restored Ghana’s lead on 75th minute, only for 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.


Ghana eventually lost the match in the shootout after Justice Tweneboah and Elizabeth Oppong missed their kicks.

Before the shootout, coach Adotey replaced goalkeeper Boadu with Cynthia Findiib to the surprise of many.

Elucidating the substitution on Accra based Happy FM, Coach Adotey said, “We knew Grace as our first choice goalkeeper but she was not herself that very day and together with my technical team, we all shared an idea for Cynthia to come on because she’s very good at saving penalties.”

“We delayed in bringing Cynthia on because we were waiting for the third goal but she was already preparing to come on that is why she came on at the injury time.”

-GhanasoccernetT N

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