Danlad apologises after mistake against Mali in U-17 WC

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The shot-stopper admits malaria mistake after gifting the African champions the match-winner, resulting in the Black Starlets' exit

Asante Kotoko young goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim has apologised to his team-mates and the entire country following his howler that resulted in the Black Starlets' exit from the 2017 Fifa U17 World Cup in India.

Ghana were defeated 2-1 by Mali in the quarterfinals on Saturday, after the 14-year-old failed to clear his lines, which gave Djemoussa Traore the opportunity to score the winner in second half.

"Sometimes when playing in the rains, the gloves get so wet and slippery,'' Danlad told Ghana News Agency.

''I made my mind to push the ball out because I didn’t want to take the chance of trying to grab it. There was not so much power behind the ball and I didn’t get the movement of the ball well.

''It pains me a lot that the team couldn’t go beyond this stage. We had plans of taking the name of Ghana high in this competition but it didn’t work out. I'm sorry for the mistake I committed,'' he added.

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Danlad is still eligible to play in the next competition in 2019 when he will be 16 years.

The Black Starlets are expected to arrive in Ghana on Tuesday.