Orlando aiming high with Satellites

12 years ago

A comfortable first leg win is in the bag but coach of Ghana's male U-20 team, Orlando Wellington is going into the their second leg of the qualifying for the African Youth Championship determined to win in Namibia.

Ghana, defending African champions got off the title defence with a 4-0 thrashing of the Namibians over a week ago in Accra.

But ahead of the weekend's reverse clash, the Black Satellites coach says playing away, the odds may appear stacked against Ghana but admits that they have found cause for optimism following the first leg win.

The Black Satellites left Accra Wednesday night for Windhoek for the return game this weekend and the Ghana coach confirmed that he has no injury worries.

"We are very confident after the boys put in that [first leg] wonderful performance. Winning by that margin was important. But we expect a difficult game following the unsavoury comments by the coach of the Namibia side about the size of our boys," Orlando told prior to the team's departure yesterday.

“The team remains the same and we are happy that we head into Namibia with no injury concerns.”

However, Orlando is aiming high amid the comments of his opposite number after the first leg game.

"We don't know what plans they could have for us after those unfortunate remarks but I always prepare my teams to be ready for any situation.

"I have drummed into them the simplest message that the tie is not over and that they should expect a much stronger side that would have a solid home support behind them.

"It's important to cut out any form of complacency due our deserved first leg win."

Two goals apiece in each half from Mahatma Otoo, Abdul Aziz Yusif and a double by Frank Acheampong handed the defending Ghana a good start as coach Orlando Wellington aims for a place at the 2011 finals to be staged by Libya.

The result gives Ghana an advantage ahead of the return leg this weekend with a place in the second round of qualifying to play for.