Afcon U20: Kihwelo of Tanzania blames inexperience for big loss to Ghana

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The strategist, however, said he was elated by the way his charges clashed with West Africans in Nouadhibou.

Tanzania U20 head coach Jamhuri Kihwelo has blamed inexperience for their 4-0 loss to Ghana in the opening game of the African Cup of Nations on Tuesday in Mauritania.

The Black Satellites achieved a great victory in the opening of Group C thanks to goals from Percious Boah, who scored a double, Abdul Fatawu, who scored a sensational goal, and Joselpho Barnes.

The Ngorongoro Heroes reportedly took a 2-0 lead in the quarter hour when Hassan Kapalata and Novatus Dismas failed to score on open opportunities in the 12th minute and 15th minute respectively. They were later punished by giving up possession in areas that gave Ghana the advantage to launch goals-producing attacks.

Lack of experience aside, Kihwelo noted that his charges were not as effective as Ghana was in front of goal.

“Our team fought hard and, as you know, this is the first time we have participated in the competition.” said the strategist in his post-match speech.

“But overall, the opportunities we created we couldn’t make the most of. We hit the wood on several occasions and Ghana cleared some of our opportunities.”

“It is not that Ghana was superior to us, no, it is because they perfectly took advantage of their opportunities, but we, for our part, could not take advantage of our opportunities.”

“I am happy with how my players played, but I congratulate them on that. Ghana had more experience than us and that is the biggest factor that contributed to our defeat.”

The strategist remained confident before the remaining group matches despite the heavy defeat.

“We are in a group of three teams and we are sure that we will do better in the games that remain,” he concluded.

“Otherwise, let me congratulate the Ghanaians on achieving the first victory of the tournament.”

For his part, Ghana coach Abdul Karim Zito explained why he is happy with the result against the East Africans.

“Ghana is being noticed as a slow start in these tournaments, but with this performance we are happy,” Zito quotes. Cafe online like saying.

“It is good to start with a victory in your first match, so it will push my players to do more. The weather has affected my team because it is very hot in Ghana and it is different.”

The Ngorongoro Heroes will face Gambia and Morocco in their remaining matches.


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