Ahead of the commencement of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand the danger men for the various teams have begun emerging.One of such players who should be a subject of study for Black Satellites Coach Sellas Tetteh and his scouting team is Panama striker Ismael Diaz.
Diaz, who has already featured for the senior team of Panama, has made it clear the ambition of their team ahead of the competition.
“I’m the goalscorer in a side that likes to have possession,” he explained. “We like to have the ball, get forward and score goals. We believe in ourselves and we believe we can achieve big things. That’s what’s made us successful so far.”
“We put in a lot of effort,” said Diaz, looking back to the qualifiers. “We all did our bit. We attacked as one and we defended as one.
This is a team that knows how to give its all, and I know that we’ll be just as solid in defence in New Zealand. I’ve got faith in my team-mates. I know they’ll give it everything.”
“We can make history, get through the group and, God willing, go even further,” he told FIFA.com
The words of Diaz re-affirm that of management committee member of the U-20 team Wilfred Osei Palmer when he earlier spoke to Citi Sports.He clearly indicated that there were no minions in Group B and as a result Ghana will have to earn every win at the competition.
“If you look at our opponents we all know that Argentina is a world super power and are the best at this level, Austria have shown steady improvements over the past few years and you can tell this from the number of players they have playing in the top flight leagues around the world while Panama have made strides in the past couple of years.”
For the Black Satellites paying attention to the least fancied side in the Group will be crucial if they hope to avoid an upset.
“La Marea Roja” despite their free flowing attacking and possession style of play did not concede a single goal during the qualifiers, an achievement the Black Satellites should be worried about.
Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh is set to name his final squad for the tournament after a final preparation game against Colombia on the 24 of May.
Argentina,Panama and Austria have already named their squads.