Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang has shockingly claimed that ill- treatment meted out to the Ghana U-23 team motivated them to beat Algeria on Tuesday.

Many Ghanaians have sympathized with the team following what some have described as neglect and cruelty where even the technical handlers had to resort to taxis to join the team at airport on their departure for the second leg.

However, the former MP for Asante Akyem has suggested that the public outcry regarding the team’s poor travel arrangements has been blown out of proportion.

“I think we are overstating this matter (of team using taxis) too much. For all you know that was what even motivated them to win the game.

“That was a source of motivation because when we give them luxurious treatment, they fail but when they went through this, see how they played” he said in an interview on Angel FM Floodlight Show.

A combination of poor preparations, injuries and a bad first leg result in Accra meant not a lot of people gave Meteors a chance against the young foxes in the reverse fixture.

Nevertheless, Coach Ibrahim Tanko’s team defied the odd and ensured qualification to the U-23 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Captain Yaw Yeboah scored a beautiful solo goal in the 70th minute to give Ghana a hard fought 2-1 aggregate win.