Black Satellites of Ghana head coach Abdul Karim Zito is confident his side will start their campaign at the WAFU B U-20 Championship on a positive note.
Zito’s side will face the Flying Eagles of Nigeria in their opening game at the Stade de Général-Seyni-Kountché on Sunday (today).
The two rivals battled to a draw at the last edition of the competition.
Zito however stated that they will beat the Flying Eagles this time around.
“Nigeria began camping for this tournament four days after we started in Prampram. They got here earlier and have played two friendlies against Niger but we are poised to qualify to the AFCON “, Zito told ghanafa.org.
The Black Satellites won the last edition of the competition and went on to win the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations beating Uganda 2-0 in the final.
The gaffer believes his team have what it takes to successfully defend their crown in Niger despite the unfavorable weather conditions in the country.
“We are trying to cope with the weather condition which is hotter than we expected. Nonetheless, we are trying to adapt to it and are for the competition,” Zito declared.
“I have been here previously for about a year so I knew what to expect around this time of the year but am happy since we got here the players have shown signs of adapting to the weather conditions.”
Zito also stated that, while he had more time with the previous squad, his current team is more adaptable.
“With the previous squad, the league had been halted due to Covid so I got to spend more time with the players in camp but now the league is ongoing so after training the players return to their clubs to honour the league matches before they return to camp. However, I believe that in terms of flexibility the current squad is more flexible”, Coach Zito intimated.
The two finalists at the competition will qualify for the U-20 AFCON in Egypt.