By Felix Frimpong

Captain of the Black Starlets Eric Ayiah has shown maturity in depth after Mali exited Ghana at the quarter-final stage of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, India on Saturday.

Having lost twice to the Eaglets on their way to the FIFA World Cup, the Black Starlets were very optimistic that they were going to pay back Mali in their own coin only to lose 2-1 in the final analysis to their West African neighbours, but Eric Ayiah in an interview has made a passionate call to Ghanaians to forgive the team.

“We know how supportive our country has been and all I can say on behalf of the team, is that they should pardon us and not feel disappointed in us.”

Eric Ayiah further reiterated that the match against Mali was a tough one.

A general view of the Ghana dressing room [Ayiah]
A general view of the Ghana dressing room [Ayiah]
“The game against Mali wasn’t easy. It wasn’t our wish to lose but its football, we did our part and we would have loved to progress,” he noted.

Two goals in each half from Hadji Drame and Djemoussa Traore ensured the 2015 runners up – Mali qualified at the expense of the Black Starlets.

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