Black Satellites coach, Sellas Tetteh, says his team let him down in the first half of their semi-finals game against France and that is largely the reason behind the team's 1-2 defeat.
Added to that situation, substitute goalkeeper Michael Sai’s poor anticipation in the second half easily provided the canon fodder for the French to clinch a second defeat over Ghana.
In a battle that the French employed brute strength in the combat, the Ghanaians’ usual onslaught was hardly visible in the first half as they struggled to break through the rear of their opponents.
Indeed, by the 45th minute mark, the Ghanaians had made only one goal attempt when Frank Acheampong reacted to the French promptings with a header close to the end of the first half. But his ball grazed the upright to the relief of the French bench.
Sellas said France exploited the situation and imposed themselves onto the game and even though the Ghanaians tried to react to the situation in the second half it appeared too late as French confidence had already peaked.
"For me the whole team played poorly in the first half much against expectation and I do not want to single out any player for blame. Of course, you will say the goalkeeper did poorly with the situation that resulted in the second goal for France, the question is what were the defenders doing at the time", he queried.
Tetteh was, however, quick to congratulate his boys for their resilience that saw them salvage what started as a failed campaign but managed to steer it to the semi-finals.
‘’I hope we win the bronze to bring something home", he added