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17.01.2009 Football News

Satellites Ready For Cameroon

By Daily Guide
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Abeiku Quansah AT EXACTLY 5:30 pm Ghana time tomorrow, the Black Satellites would battle the young Lions of Cameroon in one of the top matches of the 16th edition of the African Youth Championship in Kigali, Rwanda.

The team, made up of both local and foreign-based players would be hoping to replicate the 1993 and 1999 feat of the side by winning its third trophy of the Under 20 championship when it takes to the turf on Sunday.

The side boasts of experienced players such as OG Nice of France duo of Abeiku Quansah and Enoch Adu Kofi, Ransford Osei of Israeli side Macabi Haifa, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu of Asante Kotoko fame and David Addy of Danish side Randers .

Nevertheless, what makes the team more exciting is the predating instincts of strikers Dominic Adiyah who now plies his trade in Norway and diminutive Latif Salifu of Liberty Professionals.

Prior to the tournament, the team had shown a lot of character beating a top Kenyan side 5-1. Before then, they won the WAFU cup in Nigeria with lead marksman Adiyah banging in four goals.

Coach Sellas Tetteh on his departure to Kenya for pre-tournament preparations told the media that “our target is to qualify for the world championship slated for Egypt.

“The team has played together for a long time as most of them are coming from the 2007 Under-17 side that placed fourth in South Korea in which I was the coach.”

Meanwhile, host nation Rwanda would open the floodgates when it squares it off with Mali in the opening game at 3.00pm the same day.

In Group B, Nigeria would take on Egypt while Cote d'Ivoire clashes with South Africa, all on Monday.   By Charles Nixon Yeboah

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