After seeing his team play out a 1-1 draw against Cote d’ Ivoire in Group B of the 10th CAF U-17 championship, Congolese coach, Ekariki Basile, said he was still optimistic of doing well in the competition
The coach gathered his troops and gave them a battle-cry of a speech. “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. The rest will follow if we reach the semi-finals. “
Despite the fact that Ghana were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat by Nigeria, the Junior Red Devils coach believes they will not be deceived to think the Black Starlets will be easy prey “They 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. “
Congo won the bronze medal in Rwanda 2011, with Ekariki as assistant coach to Eddie Hudansky. Ekariki wants to go better than that and the journey to achieve that starts with a must win game against Ghana today.
Meanwhile Ghana seems to have recovered from that blow against Nigeria and will be ready for their next match. Interestingly both teams are sharing the hotel in Marrakech and have been meeting in the corridors and at meals but today, they will battle it out on the field in a crucial match.