Satellites wallop New Zealand

YYbThe U-20 national football team, Black Satellites continued their impressive preparation for the 2015 World Youth Championship with a 9-0 mauling of hosts New Zealand select side yesterday.

The youthful Ghanaian side overwhelmed their opponents in a blistering 90 minutes of good football that left their quest for their podium finish at the 2015 world Youth Championship a possibility.

The win would definitely set the alarm bells ringing to opponents in group B, ahead of the main tournament itself. The Satellites had performed poorly at the latter stages of the African Youth Championship held earlier in Senegal but preparation so far looks very impressive after opening their account with a 4-2 win over Qatar in the four nation tournament held in New Zealand.

Inspired by hat-trick hero, Emmanuel Boateng and braces each from the lethal feet of Samuel Afful and Osei Barnes, the lone goals from Samuel Tetteh and Kassim Prosper were a formality.

The number of goal scorers will come as good news to the Ghanaian football fans ahead of the world cup itself.

Head coach, Sellah Tetteh will be looking for his second World Cup gold medal when the tournament starts.

Meanwhile, Austria captain Francesco Lovrich has admitted a stiff challenge from Ghana in Group B of the FIFA U20 World Cup.

The 19-year-old is not underestimating the Black Satellites despite tipping Argentina to be the favorite in the Group.

Austria are locked in a tricky Group alongside Ghana, Argentina and Panama.

Lovrich who will be making his maiden appearance at the competition sees Ghana as a threat.

“We’ve got difficult opponents ahead and I think we’d be well advised to imagine ourselves in a kind of outsider role,” Lovric explained.

“The Argentinians are the clear favourites in Group B, but otherwise it’ll be very close. We’re hoping to finish second – that’s a realistic aim – but we certainly can’t afford to underestimate Ghana and Panama.”

The VfB Stuttgart defender is expected to lead his side when they take on the Black Satellites in their opening Group game on May 30 at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

From Times Sports Desk

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