By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sierra Leone national U-20 team, Shooting Stars are looking forward to overcome a difficult hurdle on Saturday when they face the Black Satellites of Ghana in the 2015 African Youth Championship second qualifying round first leg.
The two nations who are meeting for the first time in this category will come face-to-face at the newly built Bo mini-Stadium in Bo/Kenema highway before Sierra Leone heads for Ghana for the return on a fortnight.
Having already knocked-out neighbouring Guinea on 2-0 aggregate in the first round qualifiers, Shooting Stars captain, Ishmael ‘Jaw-Jaw’ Koroma, believes the Ghanaian assignment will be tougher than the Guinean one.
“We know it is going to be a different ball game and a difficult one because the Ghanaians have a good record in this tournament, but we are well focused and I believe we can overcome them,” Koroma said with high optimism.
“The first mission for us is to get a positive result at home, create chances and make use of them. We must perform well in all areas if we want to achieve our goal and prevent our opponents from getting anything from the match.”
Meanwhile, the Ghana U20 assistant coach, Yaw Preko, told Metro FM that their squad selected for Saturday’s encounter is the best talents in the country.
The Black Satellites, who arrived in Sierra Leone on Wednesday, traveled with 18 players selected by coach Sellas Tetteh and his assistant Preko, who is confident their squad will live up to expectation.
“We selected the players we believe will best represent the nation,” he told Metro FM. “These are the best talents we have on the local scene.”
The Black Satellites squad:
Seidu Mutawakilu, Michael Sai, Christopher Bonney, Joseph O. Bempah, Patrick Asmah, Joseph Aidoo, Joseph Adjei, Latif Abubakar, Kennedy Boateng, Yaw Yeboah, Thomas Agyepong, Eric Kumi, Devine Naah, Prosper Kassim, Isaac Quansah, Samuel Afful, Dennis Tetteh and Benjamin Tetteh.