Satellites brace for Zambia test today

SttltsAFTER getting off their campaign at the Africa Youth Championship (AYC) to a flying start with a 2-0 win over the Amajita’s of South Africa on Monday, the Black Satellites will be looking to add the Junior Chipolpolo of Zambia to their list of casualty this evening at the Stade Caroline Faye in M’bour .

The game, scheduled to kick off at exactly at 7:45pm will see the Satellites hoping to record a second straight win in the competition in order to book a place at the semi-finals of the competition which will ultimately see them confirming their qualification to the 2015 World Youth Championships in New Zealand from May 30 – June 20.

However, the Junior Chipolpolo will be hoping to use the game to resuscitate their quest of making it to the World Cup after falling to the Young Eagles of Mali 1-0 in their opening game on Monday.

In captain Lubambo Musonda, Rally Bwalya, Spencer Sautu, and Charles Zulu the Zambians side possess a great midfield quartet who on a good day can hand the Black Satellites tough opposition with Patrick Ngoma leading the attack for the Junior Chipolpolo.

Nonetheless, the Zambians would come under strong competition for the midfield game from the likes of Abraham Asiedu Attobrah, Michel Otou, Yaw Yeboah and Clifford Aboagye who won the bronze ball at the last edition of the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Although leading the log, Coach Sellas Tetteh and his charges are not taking this game lightly as the coach has predicted that this evening’s duel will be a difficult one for his side stemming from the fact that the Junior Chipolpolo are yet to pick a point from the tournament. A loss today will send the Zambians packing home.

He believes the lads from Zambia will throw everything into this evening’s game and that will make the tie a very difficult one for both sides.

Having been tipped as favourites for the title after their opening day win, the team is not getting swollen-headed with that tag and has resolved to take each game at a time.

Ghana has been handed a huge boost ahead of the game as captain Joseph Owusu Bempah who was taken off in the first game has been declared fit for today’s clash and he believes his side’s initial win was good but there is still room for improvement, adding that “it is a good sign to play well and create chances and we hope to continue against the Zambians this evening.”

He, however, bemoaned the missed opportunities in the first game and noted that they have straightened the rough edges upfront and they will bang in the goals, come this evening to seal qualification to the World Cup.

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