African Games: We’ll rely on our strengths against Senegal – U20 Head Coach

The  Black Satellites have shifted focus on the crunch semi-final match against Senegal which will be played at the Accra Sports Stadium tomorrow, Tuesday March 19, 2024 at 8pm.

Ghana made it to the semis after finishing on top of Group A and will face the runners up from Group B for a place in the grand final of the 13th African Games Men’s Football Competition.

Though Coach Desmond Sakyi Ofei admits Senegal will be tough opponents, the Ghana U20 Head Coach insists that his side will rely on their strengths and will be up to the task on Tuesday evening.

The Ghana trainer made these remarks when he attended the pre-match press conference with player Aaron Essel ahead of the game against Senegal.

Here’s what Coach Desmond Ofei said at the press conference:

“We have have learnt, we are coming from a very long way and we are building something special for this national team. We are diligent and we know what we are doing.”

“We are looking ahead to the future with open arms, we are ready for whoever comes. Its going to be a very difficult game against a very good side.”

“For us once again, its against a very tough opponent. Senegal is a good team and they did well last year in the U17 and U20 tournaments. They went to the world cup and got one loss and two draws.”

“We are also in a rebuild and my players have rested well and we are preparing really well for the semis. There is no luck in the semis. To reach the semi-finals means you are doing something right.”

“We have to stay true to ourselves and what we did in the past we to replicate and multiply it. We have to be tactically aware and be sharp on the duels. We need to be well organised and control the ball well. Thats what we stand for and i think we are improving game by game. We need to be focused on the game at hand against Senegal.”

“We started camping in October and we touched on every aspect of the game, physically and mentally. We will try and finish the game in the regular playing time.If it goes into penalties i am sure the boys will be prepared. Luckily we have Nii Odartey Lamptey who is preparing the boys when it comes to penalties.”

“If you see our games, with the ball we play with a three-back and when we are defending we play with four- back. Defensively we will be very solid and sharp because they have really good players. Thats what makes football very special because you get to play the best and it’s going to be a good game and we are going to enjoy.”

“All players are fit and we are awaiting confirmation on the availability of Mohaison who received a second yellow card in our second game. There’s no injury and we are focused and hungry to perform.”

“Once thing about Ghanaian fans is that they are very honest. We need that honesty and we don’t want to disappoint them because we are playing for the love of the nation . We want them to come in their numbers to support the team.”

Here’s what Player Aaron Essel also said:

I have been in almost all male national teams and i think its because of my confidence and the hardwork i put in when given the opportunity. Even if i get a Black Stars i believe i will have the confidence to play.

“We respect every opponent and i have lots of trust in my teammates that irrespective of the opponent, we will emerge victorious”.

Watch the press conference below:

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