Posted On Wednesday, 17th April 2013
Congo U17 coach Basile Ekariki remains confident of his team’s prospects against Ghana despite admitting beating the Black Starlets has been made even more difficult.
The Junior Red Devils will strengthen their position to progress at the African Junior Championships with three points against a wounded Ghana side.
The Black Starlets are red-eyed for redemption in the competition after suffering a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Nigeria in the opening Group B fixture.
This means, Ghana must secure a win at all cost in their second game against Congo on Wednesday to remain in contention for a semi final spot in Morocco.
The Congolese are however also determined to build on their opening draw with Ivory Coast and are thus eyeing victory against a battered and bruised Ghana team.
“We remain committed to our goals, we have made a good start by avoiding defeat and we must build on this point in order to qualify for the semi-finals and the World Cup,” Ekariki said.
“They (Ghana) will play against us like wounded lions to remain in the race, which is why it should not be assumed that Congo will have it their own way.
“Another loss for Ghana would end their semi-final hopes while victory for us would take us closer to ours so, it is an important match for both sides, but we must play without too much pressure.”
Another defeat for the Black Starlets on Wednesday will spell doom for coach Paa kwasi Fabin and his team as they would have failed to meet their tournament target of at least a semi final finish which will also see them qualify for the U17 World Cup.