Black Starlets coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has noted that the successful penalty conversion in injury time of the first half boosted team confidence in Wednesday’s victory over Niger.
Ghana outplayed a hapless Niger 2-0 in Navi Mumbai to move to the U-17 World Cup quarterfinals.
Captain Eric Ayiah was knocked down in the penalty area and went on to convert the kick awarded his side just before the break. Ghana then sealed victory in the 89th minute through a pile-driver by substitute striker Richard Danso.
Before the penalty, Ghana had dominated play but were found wanting in front of goal.
“The penalty came at a crucial time and it was timely, boost for our confidence for the second half. We created so many chances; erratic shooting and indecision robbed us off so many goals.
“But in the tournaments of this nature, goals, so many goals does not really matter, but the good thing is that we are creating them and we are scoring one or two and that’s ok for us,” Fabin told reporters at the post match media briefing.
The Starlets coach also acknowledged the presence of Ghanaian fans at the DY Patil Cricket Stadium.
“Definitely when you come to play a match of this nature, you look at the fans and when you see your countrymen there, it gives you confidence to (perform),” he added.
Ghana will now face Mali in the quarterfinals to be played in Guwahati on Saturday October 21.