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02.03.2021 Football News

U-20 Afcon: I did not want to be slapped twice - Black Satellites coach Karim Zito after Gambia win

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
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Ghana Black Satellites coach, Karim Zito has said that he didn’t want to be ‘slapped twice’ after guiding his team into the final of the ongoing U-20 AFCON with a 1-0 victory over Gambia.

The all-important win was a revenge for the U-20 side who lost 2-1 to the Gambians in their last group game.

Dreams FC's Percious Boah scored the only goal on the 33rd minute to secure the win.

Speaking at the post-match conference, Zito said: “Coaching is about putting your thinking into action.

“I studied them and revisited the match they played against us then I saw that we give them enough space to operate because they are full of techniques that is the number, 14, 20, 10, 8 and 12.

“We tried something called tracking and getting free, track them, get free and play so we denied them the space for them to operate.

“So that is what I saw and we planned against that.

“Psychologically, the attitude was different and we were more determined to win than Gambia even though they are here to win but because of the previous results I didn’t want them to slap me twice,” he said.

It was the third goal of the tournament for the Dreams FC striker, who currently leads the goal king chart.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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