Head Coach of the Black Satellites, Paa Kwesi Fabian has opened up on why his team had a slow start to the 2022 WAFU Zone B U-17 Championship.
The Black Satellites lost their first game of the competition which serves as qualifiers for the U-17 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 4-2 against Nigeria.
Speaking to the press after the game, head of the team divulged that his team lost because the boys were jittery and couldn’t play their usual possession football.
“We collapsed, we couldn’t play our usual game. We couldn’t play the passing type and I thought the boys were already jittery but we changed our game plan and were kicking long balls, aerially the Nigerians were better and so lost.”
“Our goalkeeper as well didn’t help us much so. We will go back to the drawing board and see what happens,” Paa Kwesi Fabian told the press after the defeat.
Just weeks to the competition, the Ghana FA conducted a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test on the players and a number of the them failed, forcing Paa Kwesi Fabian to raise a new team. When quizzed if that contributed to the defeat, He said:
“Normally I don’t want to make excuses but about three weeks to the competition. The FA president asked one of CAF’s medical men to take MRI of our boys and out of 28, 20 players were disqualified.
“So we had to use about two and half weeks to build this team and come here, but then I think they didn’t do badly even though we lost. I believe that we will come back stronger,” he added.
The Black Satellites will have the opportunity to redeem themselves on Friday, June 17 when they Togo.