Final Preview: Satellites aim for U-20 glory

11 years ago

With their World Cup places already secured, Ghana and Egypt have an African title up in their sights as they battle for the continental crown in the final of the 2013 African Youth Championship in Algeria.

The final showdown on Saturday is a pick of two teams who have already faced each other in the competition during the group campaign.

The Young Pharaohs had the better of the Ghanaians after opening the competition with a 2-1 victory over the Black Satellites two weeks ago.

Lots have changed since for both sides but Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh does not see the match at the Ahmed Zabana Stadium in Oran as an opportunity to settle old scores.

“It worries me when l hear such talk about being motivated by revenge, and wanting to get back at Egypt for that loss in the first game," Sellas said.

“That match is in the past and our approach to the final is not based on a need to even things or any such intention. We are in a final and will play to win, regardless of what has happened before."

His counterpart, Rabie Yassine says he would be expecting a challenging encounter.

“First of all, we have a lot of respect for Ghana and their football but we are ready to face them on Saturday and l have been working on my team and concentrating on what we need to do to win. We want to make our own history, we have our destiny in our own hands and I believe we can win this tournament. We are capable, we have what it takes to win,” Yassine said.

Both sides have won the title three times apiece and the final presents another challenge for a fourth title.

However, for the Black Satellites coach, he could enter into the record books if he guides his team to success as he would be the only Ghanaian to have won two titles at the African U-20 level.

Sellas Tetteh led Ghana to win the 2009 title in Rwanda before his team won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the same year to become the first African side to do so.

“By God’s grace we shall see how the final goes but l believe this one is for us, they had theirs in the first game. We have come very far and we are looking forward to this match. These boys do need any more motivation than being in the final. That alone is self-motivation enough to have made it this far , so we are going to work very hard to overcome and we are in high spirits, so God willing we shall be victorious." Sellas said.