Sellas spurred by prestige as Ghana target qualification
Sellas Tetteh has warned his Black Satellites players they face a stern test in their 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier against Gabon.
Ghana’s U-20 male team could only draw goalless at home in the first leg on Sunday at the Accra Stadium, with the decisive return fixture to come in 12 days’ time.
He admitted his team did not play to their level after failing to convert the many chances they created in the opening half, leaving the final round qualifying tie still open as Ghana laboured to earn a draw.
Ghana have survived key second leg battles to qualify for the Championship in the past. The Black Satellites scored a late away goal against the Gambia to reach the 2009 Championship and secured a 5-4 aggregate score line to overcome Morocco for a place at the 2013 finals.
Tetteh, an U-20 World Cup winner and a gold medalist in the African Championship, is determined to turn the reverse game in Ghana’s favour as he draws inspiration from some past experiences.
“In football history counts a lot – you can talk about Gambia in 2009, you can talk about Morocco and all,” he said after Sunday’s draw.
“But we are mindful that history alone is not enough. We must prepare ourselves for the return leg.”
The winner of the return game in Libreville will advance to the finals to be staged by Senegal.