Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh says he wants a stronger “killer instinct” from his team in their campaign in the African Youth Championships in Senegal.
The Black Satellites beat the Amajita of South Africa 2-0 in the opening Group B match but the scoreline could have been more according to Tetteh as South Africa had Maphosa Modibo sent off in the second half.
“We wasted a lot of chances. Whenever a team is down by a man, they appear motivated and work very hard. After the red card, we were not effective.
Despite being a man down the South Africans gave us a good game and that is the hallmark of a good team,” said the 2009 U-20 World Cup-winning coach after the match.
Ghana captain Owusu Bempah said the team could do better in subsequent matches in the tournament.
“It is good to get the three points, but there is still room for improvement. It is a good sign to play well and create chances. We hope to continue from there.”
South Africa coach Thabo Senong decided against being too critical of his team but still stressed on the need to get a better result against Mali on Thursday.
The first half was not good, but our performance in the second half was not bad either. The goal was from two mistakes from our defence. It is always very difficult when you are a man down.
But the red card, we could have done better in the second half. There is a lot of positives from my team and we are looking forward to our next game. We will regroup and make sure that the players are motivated for the next game against Mali.”
Ghana and Mali are tied top of the group with three points each but the Satellites have one goal more than the Malians who beat Zambia 1-0 on Monday.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');