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Jan 20, 2010 | Cup of Nations

Ghana coach admits Nations Cup finishing must improve

Badu played his heart out for Ghana
Badu played his heart out for Ghana

Ghana's coach Milovan Rajevac has admitted that poor finishing robbed his side of a comprehensive victory over Burkina Faso at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars beat the Stallions 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the second phase of the tournament in Angola.

While the Burkinabes created were more creative they had just one decent chance to score which was nicely saved by captain Richard Kingston.

But Matthew Amoah, Haminu Dramani, Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan fluffed very good scoring opportunities in an high-tension energy sapping game in Luanda.

Rajevac admits that it was a difficult game but they could have buried the Stallions with their chances.

"This was a very important game for our team - psychologically it was tough," Rajevac said

"It was a competitive match, Burkina Faso played more offensively than they had against Ivory Coast. 

"They were capable of scoring, especially from set pieces.

"It was hard with the weather conditions and the pitch was far from perfect.

"In the second half they attacked more which gave us the chance to counter attack but we lacked concentration in our finishing."

Ghana will play Angola in the quarter-finals on Sunday with yet more injury worries in the squad.

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