Head coach of the national under 20 team – Black Satellites – Abdul Karim Zito is upbeat about his side sealing top spot in Group B of the WAFU U20 Qualifiers.
Zito led his side to a sweet 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Nigeria to seal their ticket in the semi-finals of the sub-regional Qualifiers. A win over neighbours Cote d’Ivoire will see Ghana seal top spot.
Speaking to GFA Media ahead of today’s fixture against Cote d’Ivoire, the former Dreams FC gaffer said:
“For now, we have already qualified so what we are waiting to gain out of Ivory Coast game is whether we will be first or second. But at the end of the day, we have qualified so we should expect to top the group by Saturday.”
When quizzed about the pressure playing in the tournament, Zito opined:
“With me, there’s no pressure but pressure is everywhere especially with the players who have just tasted their first time in a tournament such as this.
“We are ready for the ultimate and we started well by winning so now we are breathing the air of importance for qualifying to the semi-finals and that is where I will say the pressure to qualify will come. But normally we take the pressure to the body but not to the heart.”
He further urged Ghanaians to throw their weight behind the team as they seek qualification to the main tournament via the sub-regional qualifiers.
“We need them to support and pray for us because we know Ghanaians believe in prayers and at the end of the day we will come back home and enjoy. And We all will breathe the air of importance for qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations.”