LeRoy hails key decision

الأحد، 03 فبراير 2008 - 22:50

كتب : Hatem Maher


Ghana coach Claude LeRoy believes his decision not to introduce a defender after John Mensah was sent off was pivotal in helping his side claim a 2-1 victory over Nigeria.

The hosts advanced to the African Cup of Nations semi-finals after coming from behind to earn a hard-fought win over Nigeria.

They had to play with ten men on the field for most of the second period after defender Mensah was dismissed for a last-man foul on Peter Odemwingie.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, The Black Stars kept pushing forward and secured a late win, courtesy of Junior Agogo's strike eight minutes from time.

"It's a fantastic team effort, they are really 11 heroes," the ecstatic LeRoy said after the match.

"We took a risk not to change our formation and bring on a defender after Mensah had been sent off but we wanted to keep attacking. We wanted to win it."

On the other hand, Nigeria coach Berti Vogts rued defensive lapses for the defeat.

"We made one or two mistakes and that is not allowed in international football. I'm very disappointed," the German coach said.