My Defence Didn’t Let Me Down- Ofori

Black Stars goalkeeper Richard Ofori has downplayed the lapses that saw his side giving away two free goals to aid Egypt level up with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament on Thursday.

In an interview with the press after the game, the Orlando Pirates shot-stopper said his defenders did not let him down as they played as a team.

According to him, football games are not devoid of mistakes; however, with the best performance, which his team put up against the Pharaohs, they were good to go.

“We move as a team. Mistakes happen in a game and we don’t have control over those things. What we have is control over our performance but what will happen in the game we don’t have control over.

“I won’t say my defence let me down or whatever. They fought very hard but unfortunately, we conceded… It was a great fight from the boys.”

He recognizes there is still a good chance for Ghana to qualify for the next stage and that all they need is a win in their last group game.

“We just need to focus on the next game,” he stated, adding “We need everyone to come and support.”

The Black Stars’ defence grew feeble with Inaki Williams passing the ball on to opponent Omar Marmoush who slotted home a leveller in the 69th minute.

His substitute, Osman Bukari, repeated a similar mistake in the 74th minute- when Ghana had regained the lead thanks to Mohammed Kudus’ second goal in the game- after the 25-year-old lost possession to the Egyptians and ended Ghana’s lead in the game with a 2-2 scoreline.

The Black Stars will next face Mozambique on January 22.

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