Orlando aims to relive Satellites success

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Orlando Wellington expects a winning start as Black Satellites coach as Ghana kick off their defence of their African Youth Championship title.

And the title defence begins this weekend against Namibia in the first round qualifying stage.

The Black Satellites who swept a hat-trick of titles including the continental trophy and became the first African team to lift the world title are confident of reaching the finals of the 2011 Orange Africa Youth Championship to be hosted by Libya.

Orlando's first game in charge comes up on Sunday at the Ohene Djan Stadium against Namibia and he expects to get the campaign off to a good start after serving as an assistant coach for the treble winning Black Satellites squad.

"Infact, this present Black Satellites means a lot to me as a coach and for my career as a young coach. I know and believe I can achieve something good with this team for the nation," coach Orlando told ahead of the team's training session Thursday morning in Accra.

Namibia might prove to be an unknown side but the coach is confident that his new-look Black Satellites, which has only one member from the previous team, Bright Addai, can deal with the challenge.

"This is football, it doesn't follow any set pattern. You must always expect something different. We have prepared adequately and are relying on the conditioning and commitment of the players to prove something. Apart from [Bright] Addai, all the rest are new and need to prove something. I believe we can achieve something together."

Orlando insists Ghana has an exceptional talent including the foreign-based players who he has had a look at and sees the arrival of Richmond Boakye-Yiadom from Genoa as another option available to him.

"We saw them [foreign-based players] during their holidays. They proved to be good talented footballers and I think they can augment the squad. But we have an exceptional pool of talents both local and foreign. We just have to get the right blend.

"But overall a good start will give us much confidence for the rest of the qualifying campaign," he added.