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2023 African Games: We will fight to win against Uganda – Black Satellites coach Desmond Ofei

Desmond Ofei, coach of the Black Satellites, has expressed confidence in his team’s determination to clinch victory against Uganda in the forthcoming final of the men’s football tournament at the ongoing 2023 African Games.

Ghana’s under-20 squad secured their spot in the final after a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Senegal at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday evening. Michael Ephson’s decisive goal in the dying moments sealed Ghana’s path to contention for the coveted gold medal in the tournament hosted in Accra.

Ahead of the much-anticipated showdown against Uganda on Friday, March 22, at the same venue, Coach Ofei commended his team’s preparation and affirmed their commitment to seizing the ultimate prize.

“The final belongs to the players. As coaches, our role is in the training, while the match is where the players shine. We guide them, motivate them, and instill the right mindset for optimal performance,” remarked Ofei.

“We initiated our training camp early, covering all aspects of the game comprehensively. The boys are primed for this tournament and continue to evolve. Their resilience is remarkable, coupled with a hunger and humility that underscores the quality within the team,” he added.

Acknowledging Uganda’s prowess, Ofei stressed the need for respect while outlining his team’s strategy for the final encounter.

“A final is a test of character, and we’re going to relish every moment of it. Uganda poses a formidable challenge; their tactical prowess both on and off the ball is noteworthy. However, we’re familiar with their style of play and have identified areas of opportunity,” Ofei explained.

“Uganda boasts talented individuals, but we’re prepared to capitalize on their weaknesses using our strengths. It’ll be a hard-fought battle, but we’re prepared to give it our all until the final whistle. The outcome remains to be seen, but we’re determined to leave everything on the pitch,” he concluded.

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