Ghana U20 head coach, Karim Zito has vehemently denied allegations of match-fixing in defeat to the Gambia in the African Youth Championship on-going in Mauritania.
Black Satellites who were already on 4 points lost the last group game by 2-1 to the Gambia who grabbed a late qualification on 4 points, finishing second.
In spite of the loss, Ghana made the last eight as one of the best third-place teams.
Speaking at the post-match, Zito accepted the defeat, adding that his team lost to a better side and oppose that the game was fixed.
“It is never, it is never an arranged match, we were beaten, seriously we were beaten.
“I have not even thought about that, we were beaten.
“This is a match both countries want to win and we lost.
“As a coach, you have to understand and take your defeat in good faith.
“And then when you get the opportunity again you do an amendment.
“So it wasn’t fixed, it was a good match we played.
“You saw we were playing, we want to score, they also want to defend, they don’t want us to beat them.
“It is far from what you are thinking, we have accepted, we were beaten, that’s all.”
Ghana will play Cameroon in the quarter-final round on Thursday, February 25.