Okraku charges Satellites to make qualifying for World Cup aim


The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku, says Ghana’s national U20 male team, the Black Satellites must make qualifying to the U20 World Cup the objective.

The 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup winners will take part in the 2020 WAFU B qualifying tournament in Benin.

It will be from 5th—20th December 2020, will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2021 U20 Africa Cup of Nations that will be staged in Mauritania.

The best five teams from the AFCON tournament will proceed to the Indonesia U20 World Cup in 2021.

Kurt Okraku has therefore entreated the selected players to play their hearts out to qualify Ghana to the World Cup while speaking at a sendoff ceremony yesterday, Thursday, December 3, 2020.

He first urged them to conquer the West African tournament and that of Africa and make sure they impress in the world showpiece youth tournament.

“After so many weeks of sacrifices, you guys are the blessed ones, the chosen ones. This journey did not start with 28 or 30 players. This journey started with lots of players and you know about it.

“This journey started with some colleagues of yours who are not here but through your hard work and the blessings of the Almighty God, you are here.

“And beyond today, you have a unique opportunity to make yourself, family and Ghana proud.

“Being at the U20 world cup is the ultimate vision of our country, and you have the responsibility to take Ghana there.

“Ghana wants to be at the U20 world cup and to be competitive, but before that, we need to conquer WAFU and conquer Africa.

“Our dear Football Association has absolute believe in the technical teams and the players who have been chosen and we have no doubt that when officially the battle lines are drawn in Benin, you will rise up to the occasion.

“We expect Ghana to be represented by boys who are proud to wear our jerseys. And we believe that each one of you is proud to be representing Ghana and to have this opportunity to wear the national colors.

“And we also believe that you will walk through that tunnel in Benin with your chest up and with the singular ambition of going onto that pitch to fight for glory for our Country.

“It has been a long while since you made it to the U20 world cup, that history has to be broken and must be broken by this group here.

“We play against Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire and these are sides we have beaten over and over before and we believe we have the quality to beat them and win the group.”

Coach Karim Zito’s charges will depart Accra on Saturday, December 05, for Benin for the competition.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Sports/2020

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