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Sports News of Thursday, 6 September 2018


Hot weather affected my players - Zito

The head coach of the Black Starlets, Abdul Karim Zito, has blamed his team’s performance in the opening game of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) competition to the harsh weather conditions in Niger.

The national Under-17 side was held to a goalless drawn game by their Nigerien counterparts in their opening game last Wednesday after missing a penalty in the first half but the coach believes the team could have done better had they encountered a favourable weather.

Speaking after the game, the Ghanaian gaffer said he noticed fatigue on the part of his players due to the harsh nature of the weather but admitted he did not anticipate a walkover game, although he wanted to win.

"I never thought the match would be easy. I knew I was going to have a tough match. Niger had already played their first game so at least they had warmed themselves into the tournament. We were yet to warm up and so getting to the end of the game there was fatigue within my boys. The weather condition is not favourable to us. It's too hot," he noted.

Despite their poor start to the competition, the Starlets anticipates a good game in their final group match and hopes his side would perform better than they did against the host nation.

"Against Togo we will do better than we did against Niger", he concluded.The Black Starlets face their Togolese counterparts in their final group game on Saturday.