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The Black Satellites coach reflects on his victory on the opening day of the youth championship
Ghana coach Abdul Karim Zito believes that his strong start to the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania is a huge confidence boost for the remainder of the group stage campaign.
The Black Satellites opened their tournament with a 4-0 win over Tanzania in a Group C match at the Stade Municipal de Nouadhibou, the victory lifting the team to the top of the table.
Dreams forward Percious Boah scored two goals, while Abdul Fatawu Issahaku and Schalke 04 forward Joselpho Barnes added a goal each to seal three points.
“Ghana is feeling like a slow start in these tournaments, but with this performance we are happy.” Zito said after the game.
“It is good to start with a victory in your first match, so it will push my players to do more. The weather has affected my team because in Ghana it is very hot and different.
“I am happy to have won against Tanzania because even though we scored four goals, it was not an easy game. They have very good players, but in football they always punish you with your mistakes.”
Ghana’s attention is focused on Morocco for matchday two. Indeed, it will be an epic clash as, like Ghana, the North Africans achieved a victory on the opening day, beating The Gambia 1-0 thanks to a penalty in the first half.
“It is a good start for us and it will propel the players’ path for the games against Morocco and Gambia. It’s also good for their confidence, “added Zito.
“The matches between Ghana and Morocco at all levels are always difficult. We are both entering the game as zone champions, so we expect a very difficult game.
“For now, we will create a strategy on how to approach the game against Morocco to ensure we qualify for the next stage of the competition.”
Ghana is looking to clinch two titles in three months following success at the Wafu Zone B Nations Cup in Benin, a sub-regional tournament that served as a qualifier for Afcon.
The Satellites are already three times African champions, ruling in 1993, 1999 and 2009 when they went on to conquer the world.