Head Coach of the national under-17 team, the Black Starlets, Paa Kwesi Fabin believes that the Starlets can qualify if they have a fair officiating in the second leg CAF U-17 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday.
A win for the Ghanaians will make it a double over their opponents. Starlets’ skipper, Eric Ayiah fired two goals with one from Emmanuel Toku. The consolation goal for the Ivorians was scored by Bala Sangare.
Paa Kwesi Fabin who presided over the team’s 3-1 win over their West African neighbours a fortnight ago in the first leg played at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, says the Starlets have what it takes to beat them again.
Fabin conceded the quality of the Baby Elephants side but believes that beating them at their own backyard is achievable and have set that target for Saturday, adding that, it will depend on the kind of officiating on Saturday.
“If we get fair officiating like it was in Ghana, we would beat them in Abidjan and qualify.”
On the first leg, Fabin admitted that he was personally not happy with the score line despite the win because he felt they could have done better judging from the chances they created.
“Since the first leg, we have stepped up preparation, working on our finishing as well as defensive abilities ahead of the game and we would stop at nothing to make sure we do not repeat the mistakes from the past.”
The team will leave for Abidjan tomorrow ahead of the weekend fixture.
The Black Starlets kicked out the same side from the 2007 edition of the same tournament via the away goals rule after 3-3 aggregate over two legs, while the same side also denied the Black Starlets a World Cup appearance three years ago after drawing 0-0 with them in the final group game to kick Ghana out.
By Raymond Ackumey