Soccer News of Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Ghana U-20 coach Sellas Tetteh has urged his side to reassert their hopes of qualification in Group A of the 2013 African U-20 Championship.
The Black Satellites got off to a slow start after being beaten 2-1 by Egypt but they now need to improve in their next match against Benin today at 17:30 GMT in Ain Temouchent.
“I thought we deserved a draw from that game, but that’s football. We made a defensive mistake and they capitalized but we will learn from it and come stronger against Benin.
“I have been in similar situations before and even worse, the response is not to feel you have to rush but take time to do what we can do and do it well. Ghana won’t give up and we will need a bit of luck too because that too is needed in football,” said Sellas Tetteh ahead of the second group match.
Sellas Tetteh's side, bottom of the table after the first round of matches know that, their next two games in the tough group will shape their campaign.
“We know the margins are narrowing but we are not panicking as this group phase is all about three matches. We have had a slow start but the battle is not over yet and we face a tough Benin prepared and ready to improve on our last performance,” the Ghana coach said.
The eight-team finals will see the top four teams qualifying to represent Africa at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.