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Blaming the rain: Fabin says organizers declined Ghana request to postpone Mali clash

The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium field was in bad state due to the downpour

Ghana coach Paa Kwesi Fabin feels his side’s quarterfinal game against African rivals Mali should have been deferred due to the poor nature of the field as a result of continued downpour on Saturday.

Mali however overcame the slushy underfoot conditions at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati to beat the Black Starlets 2-1 and ensure their place in the semifinals of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup

Hadji Drame took Mali ahead before Djemoussa Traore doubled the lead just past the hour mark. Kudus Mohammed pulled one back for Ghana with a penalty in the final quarter but the African champions defended resolutely thereafter.

“Disappointing result and the field didn’t help much…,” Fabin said at post-match.

“The rain didn’t help matters but we didn’t start very well and couldn’t take chances that we made. The very bad second goal we conceded really killed us and we lost the game,” he added.

Fabin further revealed Ghana wanted the game postponed due to the horrible conditions but their suggestion was not taken.

“We’ve not encountered anything like this before. I thought the game should have been abandoned and played in some another time but those who are organizing said we have to play so we played,” he claimed.

The defeat means Ghana have failed in their bid to win the U-17 World Cup for the third time. They won the 1991 and 1995 editions.









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