Ghana must overturn a 1-2 first leg deficit to reach the next stage of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Youth Championship after they were beaten in Addis Ababa by Ethiopia.
Didi Dramani’s side conceded goals inside the first ten minutes before Jonathan Osabutey’s second half consolation which now gives the Black Satellites significant hope that they can reach the next stage.
Dramani claims his side had suffered in the early stages because of high altitude and expects them to be fully in control when they host the Ethiopians in the return leg in Cape Coast.
“We lost not because of tactical or physical conditions but because of the climatic conditions.” Dramani said in a post-match interview.
“The altitude was a big factor that even before the game started, those of us not playing, we struggled for breath.”
“I will continuously congratulate them for fighting through out. Many of them were also coming up with cramps because the pitch was not so good, so hard and they were also not enough energy because they were also not getting more oxygen.”