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Zito hails Dreams FC players despite Confed. Cup exit

 The Head Coach of Dreams FC, Karim Zito, has acknowledged the short­comings in the performance of the team following their exit from the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup.

According to him, “we failed to create opportunities; and due to lack of concentration, we allowed goals.”

However, he expressed happiness with the players, saying, “Today, I am proud of our players; I cannot blame them because we know what we have been able to achieve.”

He was speaking after his side’s 0-3 defeat to Zamalek in the second leg of the semi-final stage of the competition at the Baba Yara stadi­um, on Sunday.

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Dreams held them to a goalless game in the first leg in Cairo, and there was great expectation of sailing through to the finals with at least a goal.

But Dreams FC could not capital­ise on the home advantage, despite the massive support from the home crowd.

Hamza Mathlouthi opened the scoring early in the 12th minute, followed by goals from Samson Akinyoola in the 27th minute and Mustafa Shalaby adding the third in 59th.

Going forward, the Coach said it was important to learn lessons from the experience, saying “we must be calm in matches and manage some things in certain ways.We must learn lessons from the match as we build for the future, and it is important to suffer in order to get what you want.”

DC imposes GH¢3,000 fine on Oly coach

The Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has imposed a fine of GH¢3,000 on Head Coach of Accra Great Olympics, James Jimmy Cobblah, over some post-match comments.

According to a release signed by the Chairman of the DC, Osei Kwadwo Adow, Esq., Coach Cobblah’s comments was deemed uncomplimentary andputs the image of the game into disrepute, contravening Section 34(6) (d) of the GFA Premier League Regula­tions, 2019.

Coach Cobblah in a post-match interview after Olympics lost to Nations FC on April 5 expressed his disappointment over officiat­ing, an action the committee stated constituted improper conduct.

“His comments imply bias and/ or question the integrity of the said match officials, lowering the public image of the Ghana Pre­mier League,” the release stated.

In his response, Coach Cobblah pleaded guilty and apologised for his comments.

 FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE,­KUMASI

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