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Black Satellites coach reacts to his team’s disappointing performance in Benin
Ghana’s coach Abdul Karim Zito is unfazed by criticism over his team’s perceived low quality of football shown at the current Wafu Better Nations Cup in Benin, despite reaching the final on Saturday against Burkina Faso.
The Black Satellites will face the young Stallions at the climax of the tournament, four days after beating Niger on a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw beyond extra time.
That was after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Côte d’Ivoire in their last match of the group stage and a close 1-0 win over Nigeria in the tournament opener.
“Everyone has their own opinion; this is a tournament that goes with victory and not with who plays good football,” said Zito, according to the Ghana Football Association. official website.
“When you look at our preparation, we couldn’t have too many games to play. The more you play, the more you build cohesion, style and teamwork.
“Through no fault of our own, we had to deal with a pandemic, so not many games were played before the tournament.
“There was not a high profile match played with an African team before we came here, so it is good that after all the setbacks, we have made it to the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
“Most of the guys are new too, so it’s okay for me to bring Ghana to the tournament.”
Qualification for the Wafu B Cup final secured Ghana a place in the 2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations to be held in Mauritania.
“Sometimes it’s about the situation you find yourself in. You don’t necessarily have to play nice football to get results,” Zito added.
“We were in a position where we needed to get results in a short period of time. So we planned the results instead of playing good football.
“Good, good football is good, that’s what we’re used to as a people. But for now, I’m happy with the progress of the team. Good, good football will come later.”
Next year’s African championship will in turn serve as qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup later that year in Indonesia, with the top four in Mauritania winning tickets to represent the continent in Indonesia.