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Abukari Damba unhappy over Ghana's penalty miss against Senegal

By Vincent Ashitey
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Former Black Stars goalkeepers’ trainer Abukari Damba is unhappy over the Black Stars B penalty loss to Senegal at the WAFU 2019 final.

Ghana missed three kicks in the shootout to lose the final 3-1 to hosts Senegal after the game finished goalless in 90 minutes and 1-1 after extra time.

A result that saw the Black Stars B failed to defend their title and also win it for keeps after winning the tournament in 2013, and 2017.

Speaking to Ghanaweb the former Black Stars goalie says termed the nation's penalty shoot-out woes as a perennial problem.

“I will not term it [consistent woes] as a problem. It’s a perennial challenge and we admit that historically we’ve not done well. A penalty shoot-out in itself should be an integral part of every training session." 

“Penalty shoot-outs require a lot of skill and quality but overall it requires a lot of confidence.

"You can be the best player but still miss out during shoot-outs because of certain reasons which go beyond coaches sometimes.

"Coaches can pick the best of players, they perform well [in training] but during shoot-outs they miss out and we can set examples of top-class players who missed out at the World Cup."

He also said the third shooter could have done better with his kick

 “The third shooter of the penalties at the just ended WAFU, it was not something good see. I don’t think he approached it with all the seriousness required. He did not show desire to put the ball behind the net”. If you approach the ball with all the seriousness and you miss it, everybody knows that you tried your best but somehow you missed it. You must know you are representing the country and its serious business.”

Meanwhile, after the Black Stars B failed attempt at WAFU 2019, the team has switched attention to Burkina Faso who they will be playing in the return leg of the 2020 Chan qualifier in Quagadoudrou on Sunday, October 20.

Ghana suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Black Stallions in the first leg at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.