Head Coach of the Black Satellites (U-20), Karim Zito has apologized to Ghanaians after his side was knocked out of the 2022 U-20 WAFU Zone B Championship in Niger.
The Black Satellites bowed out of the competition after losing 2-0 to Nigeria and 2-1 to Burkina Faso in the final group game. Speaking after the team’s exit, Karim Zito who lead the team to win the competition two years ago in Benin said:
“In the first place, if you are a student of the game, you will realize this is not the first time a defending champion is crashing out of a tournament in the group stage, It happened to Algeria, Italy and the likes,” said Karim Zito on Precise FM.
“Last two years by now, we were jubilating but this year that I think I have the best of squad than last year I couldn’t go anywhere.
“I have nothing to say but say I am sorry that I have disappointed you people so you should all forgive me and forgive the entire team. On behalf of the team I say we are genuinely sorry.
“But I want everyone to know that these are the teams I beat in Benin last two years. Nigeria was the first team I defeated and I defeated Burkina Faso to lift the trophy.
“I am now going to look at my preparation for the benefit of the GFA and future preferences to help whoever is in charge of the team the next time will take a clue from it, the experience gaffer added.
The exit means that the Black Satellites will be unable to defend the competition they won two years ago after coming from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 at the Stade Charles De Gaulles in Porto Novo, Benin.
The Black Satellites will also miss out on the 2023 U-20 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be played in Egypt, thus they’ll be unable to defend the trophy they won a year ago in Mauritania after beating Uganda 2-0 in the final.
For failing to qualify for the AFCON which will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 U-20 World Cup, Ghana will miss out on the Mundial to be played in Indonesia.
Despite the shameful display at the WAFU, the Ghana Football Association has assured that the right measures will be put in place to ensure that players of the Black Satellites will continue their development.
The Association will line up series of friendly matches and tournaments for the team in order to continue their development and progress at the right level.