Black Stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has charged members of the national U-20 soccer side the Black Satellites to remain focused in the ongoing World Cup in New Zealand.
Badu, a member of the 2009 gold-winning team, cautioned them not to drop their guards as they strive to replicate the World Cup feat chalked by their predecessors in Egypt.
So far, the Satellites have recorded an unblemished record; winning two, against Argentina and Panama and drawing one with Austria.
Tomorrow, they will take on West African opponents Mali in a crunch tie at the one-eighth stage which means a defeat will send them packing.
As a result, the Udinese man advised that they lift their game a step further to secure a quarter final berth.
‘The team has done pretty well so far. They need to be encouraged but the only thing that can keep them in the competition is total focus.
‘In times like this, there is the temptation of dropping your guard, especially when you have a clean record like they have. They should keep their heads up, avoid complacency and fight on till the end,’ he said.
‘I trust coach Tetteh to bring his rich experience to bear on the team to repeat what he did with our squad. It is our fervent wish that the team travel far and win the ultimate,’ the Black Stars midfielder added.
Badu and his colleagues are currently in the country for the Ghana-Mauritius Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Accra Stadium this Sunday.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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