Rajevac – I wanted to change keepers

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The West Africans were knocked out in the quarterfinals after losing 4-2 on penalties to Uruguay at the Soccer City Stadium after playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Stephen Ahorlu warmed up briefly during extra time and some Ghanaian journalists explained to KickOff.com that he could have fared better in the shoot-out than Kingson.

"Everything happened so fast. I thought about changing the goalkeeper but I didn't. I was thinking of someone who could do well for us in the penalty shoot-out," Rajevac revealed.

Despite the loss, Rajevac had nothing but praise for his boys. The Black Stars were the youngest team in this tournament, with eleven Under-23 players and Rajevac says the future looks bright for Ghana.

"I'm very proud we managed to get this far. We didn't deserve to lose. It is very difficult for me to talk about this, because we lost. But we are proud of what we achieved. This team has a great future," he said.

"I think we had more opportunities than our opponents. We also had big support from all of Africa and this could have been a fairytale if we won this game," Rajevac continued.

Rajevac admitted the Uruguayans were mentally tougher than his players in the shoot-out. "I think the opponents had the psychological advantage. They were calmer than we were," he said.  

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