Inkoom Boosts Ghana U23 With US$10,000 Gift Ahead Of Nigeria Return

Ghana U23 captain Samuel Inkoom has given his team-mates US$10,000 despite their first leg defeat to Nigeria, insisting the cash will boost their confidence to fight qualify for the All African Games. The Ukraine-based right-back donated the money to help boost their confidence ahead of the second-leg clash with the Dream Team. Ghana lost 3-1 in the first leg match on Saturday in Benin City but with the second leg in Accra in two weeks’ time, Inkoom says his side are determined to overturn the deficit. “After the game I spoke to the players and told them it’s not over until it’s over,” he told BBC Sport. “Ghana against Nigeria is like a derby game – they may have won but we are going back to Ghana to correct our mistakes. “We need to buck up, but for a wonderful performance I gave [the team] 10,000 dollars from my own pocket.” The Dnipro star, who was one of a number of players from the senior national team to be called up for the match, said his side still believed they could reach the finals in Mozambique later this year. “This team is more like a family – we do everything together [and] we have a lot of experience in the team,” he said.