Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has declared himself satisfied with the Black Stars’ performance despite being reduced to 10 men against Brazil in Monday night’s friendly.
Damiao got the only goal at Fulham’s Craven Cottage as Brazil took advantage of extra space in the Ghana defence following Daniel Opare’s dismissal in the first half.
Stevanovic, who became Ghana coach in January, is content with the progress his team are making.
“I am very happy with the team. The first 35 minutes we played fantastic,” Stevanovic said after the game.
“We showed once again that we are going in the right direction as a team. Against Brazil, playing 65 minutes with 10 players is very difficult. It was a very good performance and I am very proud of my team.”
However, Brazil’s Mano Menezes, though happy with the result admits the game would have been different is both sides had played at equal strength.
“I am satisfied with the result because we were playing a very good team,” Menezes said.
“This Ghana team was more or less the same team that played in the World Cup. They are a bit ahead of us because we are still rebuilding our team. We are bringing through a new generation of players. What makes it difficult to judge is the fact that it wasn’t 11 against 11. If it was 11 v 11, it would have been so much more close.”