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Sports News of Friday, 8 February 2008

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Ghana-Cameroon: Quotes

  • Coach Le Roy: "I don't want to find an excuse for the defeat, because we were all determined to reach the finals and win the cup, so everybody played a role, its unfortunate our dreams did not materialize."

  • Otto Pfister, head coach of the Indomitable Lions: "In a tournament like this, you need very good players, who would be up to the task at any moment, that is why I have an all round team

  • George Owusu(a football fan): “Junior Agogo was the only man upfront against tough defenders like Song. How do you expect him to cope when he was all alone?"

  • J Andoh (a football fan): "Why did we include unfit players like Shilla (Alhassan) and send home inform players like Dickoh? This was a game we needed a central defender"

  • Andre 'Dede' Ayew: "This defeat is a real tragedy for us. The atmosphere in the changing-room was intense and we're all devastated. Looking back at the match straight afterwards, we reckoned we'd done what we needed to do and we created more chances than Cameroon. I'm feeling immensely disappointed. I don't even want to think about the match for third place."

  • Osei Kwame(a football fan): “Why should we lose against an ageing Cameroonian team? If we had lost against Ivory Coast or Egypt I would have understood. But not Cameroon with the likes of Rigobert Song and Geremi Njitap,”

Before the match

  • Cameroon fan, Alan Emile Angebeau: "I am sure the Lions will beat the Black Stars. We are happy that the Ghanaian President is not in the country. He will not be among the fans today. Nigeria lost when he turned up on Sunday,"