Black Satellites coach Sellas Tetteh is sure South Africa will pose problems to his team in their opening Group B fixture of the 2015 African Youth Championships in Senegal.
Ghana are aiming for another appearance at the U-20 World Cup later this year in New Zealand and they must find a win in Monday’s match to make that task more achievable and Tetteh, who won the World Cup in 2009 with Ghana, is not downplaying the potential strengths of the South Africans.
“As always, I respect every team I play against. Every team that has qualified for the tournament has some value so I respect the South Africans but we are not afraid of them.
First matches are always difficult because teams are fresh and well-tuned but we will give it a good go and see how things pan out. I still maintain that South Africa will be a solid team.”
Tetteh is not new to complex opening match scenarios because in 2013, his Ghana team lost 2-1 to Egypt in its first match at the African Youth Championships but despite his wish of a better takeoff, he is cautious.
” It will be very ideal for us to have a good start to the tournament but we will also not deny that it will not be easy. However, I can say that we are ready and we will try and get a respectable result from the match.
There are three group matches for us to play and that will guide us but we will still aim to get three points.”
The match will be played at the Stade Caroline Faye in Mbour and it kicks off at 4:30 Ghana time.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');