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Sellas cools panic ahead of Benin tie

Ghana u-20 coach Sellas Tetteh has been in hotter waters than he is now ahead of the Satellites game against Benin on Tuesday, according to him. The team needs to win the second group game to have any realistic chances of progressing into the next stage of the African Youth Championships.

The Satellites lost against Egypt after a late penalty was conceded on Saturday in the tournament that is taking place in Algeria.

"I have been in similar situations before and even worse, the response is not to feel you have to rush but take time to do what we can do and do it well," he said, tasking his side to produce an instant reaction.

The cliches are out, with the well-worn phrase 'Ghana are slow starters' gaining currency ahead of the second group match which kicks of at 1730 GMT.

"Ghana won’t give up and we will need a bit of luck too because that too is needed in football."

The Black Satellites will be playing in Ain Temouchent, but looking back at their opening day defeat, Tetteh believes his side should have really split the points against the Young Pharoahs.

"I thought we deserved a draw from that game, but that’s football. We made a defensive mistake and they capitalized but we will learn from it and come stronger against Benin."

The hopes for this team increased with Tetteh regaining the reins following Maxwell Konadu's performance on getting the Satellites to Algeria. An u-20 World Cup winner, Sellas is well aware of the size of the job he has ahead of him.

"We know the margins are narrowing but we are not panicking as this group phase is all about three matches. We have had a slow start but the battle is not over yet and we face a tough Benin prepared and ready to improve on our last performance."


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