05th Oct 2016 | by William Bossman
We will come back strongly against USA - Coach Adotey ahead of yesterday's game

Black Maidens coach Evans Adotey was confident that his team could recover from the heavy defeat to Japan and beat USA in the subsequent group D match.

Speaking at the post match press conference, a defiant coach Adotey said the Black Maidens will back back stronger against the USA.

"Yes, we have suffered a bad defeat. But I promise you: we will come back. And we will come back stronger. We will win against USA", coach Adotey said at the post match press conference after the opening game.

True to his words, Ghana came in strongly in their second group stage and beat USA 2-1 to put themselves in the hunt for a slot in the next stage of the competition.

 "Today you saw the real Ghana," he told FIFA.com after watching the Black Maidens claim a thoroughly deserved 2-1 win over the highly-fancied Americans. All the same, he was honest enough to admit that his guarantee of a victory over the Stars & Stripes had an ulterior psychological motive. 

"That promise and everything since the Japan game has been about psyching ourselves up," he explained. "The players needed to believe they could win and it wasn't easy building them up again. Confidence is so important in football and it takes a knock when you lose 5-0. Psyching them up was hard work.

"What motivated them more than anything, I think, was knowing: lose today and we're out. And I must say that, when we went down 1-0, I was really happy with the mental strength I saw in my players. The fighting spirit really came up in them today. I said to them at half-time, 'We are going to score here.' The goal had been coming. And even when we equalised, I was shouting from the side: 'Please - we can win here!'"

If there was one matter on which Adotey was even more confident than his side's ability to beat USA, it was that his captain, Sandra Owusu-Ansah, would tuck away her decisive penalty. "Oh, I had no doubts there," he said. "As soon as we got that penalty, I knew she would score. She is not even fully fit right now but she is mentally tough and that counts for a lot." 

"She's my leader and so important for us creatively," said Adotey. "We changed our tactics a little today to get her more involved in our attacking play and it made a difference. Sandra is, I have no hesitation in saying it, my best player."

The Black Maidens could qualify to the next stage of the competition if they beat Paraguay in their last group match which will be played at the Al Hassan Stadium in Irbid.

Japan still leads group D with 6 points (10 goals), USA follows with 3 points (4goals and Ghana 3rd with 3 points (-4 points) and Paraguay bottom of the table with no point (-10 goals).


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