Ghana lost the psychological battle: Coach

Mahmoud Mohamed Elassal, Sunday 12 Feb 2012

Goran Stevanovic admits he failed to motivate his players for their CAN third-place playoff against Mali on Saturday

Goran Stevanovic, coach of Ghana, gestures during their match for third place against Mali at the African Nations cup tournament in Malabo (Photo: Reiters)

Ghana's coach Goran Stevanovic has admitted he had difficulty motivating his players for their African Cup of Nations (CAN) third-place playoff against Mali on Saturday.

The Black Stars began the tournament as favourites but lost 2-0 to the West African nation to finish in forth place.

“It was very, very difficult [motivating them],” Stevanovic told reporters after the game.

”You can understand how we feel after this game [loss to Mali]. We really tried over the last two days to motivate the players and lift their morale but it was very, very tough.

“But really, I am satisfied with the second half performance and effort of our players” he concluded.

Ivory Coast plays Zambia in the tournament final on Sunday.

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