Head coach of the Ghana U-20 side, the Black Satellites, Abdul Karim Zito has described his side and the Young Starlions of Burkina Faso as threats to each other as the two sides face off on Saturday in the finals of the 2020 U-20 WAFU tournament in Benin.
The Black Satellites of Ghana will lock horns with their U-20 counterparts of Burkina Faso in the final of the ongoing WAFU U-20 tournament in Benin, and Ghana coach Abdul Karim Zito insists that Burkina Faso see Ghana as threats to their chances of winning the trophy, just as many see the Young Starlions to be.
In the tournament so far, the Black Satellites have played three matches, won 1 (against Nigeria), lost 1 (against Ivory Coast) and drawn 1 (against Niger). Coach Karim Zito’s side were held to a 0-0 draw by Niger in the semi finals after extra time, but fought hard to win by 5-3 on penalty shout outs to advance to the grand finale to set up a clash with Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso on the other hand, are undefeated in the tournament so far in their last three matches; they won 2 in the group stages and won massively by 4-1 against Ivory Coast in the semi finals.
Comparably, many believe that the strength of Burkina Faso is a high threat to Ghana’s chances of lifting the trophy on Saturday, but head coach of the Black Satellites, Abdul Karim Zito insists that both sides are a threat to each other.
“We are both threats. They are threat to us we are also threat to them”, Karim Zito told Sheikh Tophic Sienu, Editor of footballmadeinghana.com in a briefing ahead of the game on Saturday. “We know Burkina Faso they play like Ghana plays, and when it comes to [player] development I think they are one of the best in the region like Cote D’Ivoir. They are very good, they are a good side that we should not joke with especially the back line should be very vigilant and be precise with whatever they want to do on the field of play”, he added.
Karim Zito however maintains, that the technical team of Ghana has prepared strategically against the weakness of Burkina Faso in the final game on Saturday, December 19, 2020.
“We’ve also planned against their weaker side, we’ve also seen the way they play so we’ve planned together with my technincal team they way we are going to face them. We are a threat to them, they are a threat to us. I can’t say this match will be easy but the most important thing as I kept on telling is qualifying (to the U-20 AFCON), now what we are going in for is a bonus that will carry us on then we push the Satellites forward and push the FA forward”, Karim Zito stressed.