Cote d’Ivoire are a threat to Starlets — Preko

Author: Peter Sarbah
Yaw Preko
Yaw Preko- Black Starlets assistant coach

Black Starlets assistant coach, Yaw Preko, has described the Cote d’Ivoire team as a potential threat to their ambitions in the ongoing competition.

Both sides are scheduled to play in the semifinal of the ongoing West Africa Football Union (WAFU) competition in Niger on Wednesday, and Coach Preko said after watching previous games of the Ivoirians, he was of the opinion that the Ivorians could derail Ghana's ambition should they underestimate them.

Preko, who spoke in an interview ahead of Wednesday’s game against Cote d’Ivoire, said they had devised good plans to counter them because the Ghanaians are well prepared for this game.

“They are a threat but we have watched their matches and we are prepared for them. They also see us as threat because of the way we put pressure on Togo to win, I’m sure they would also say Ghana is a threat,” the assistant coach stated.

Preko, who won the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Cup with the Starlets, also described the Nigeria team as one of the strongest teams in the competition so far, but he indicated also that he was looking forward to meeting the Flying Eaglets in the final.

“So far, the Nigeria side is the only well-organised team in the competition, so far they have played good football. But if we meet them it would be a different ball game all together,” the assistant coach noted.

Recalling their previous games, the 44-year-old former Ghanaian international, who was also part of Ghana’s Olympic team in Barcelona 1992, described their game against Niger as the toughest game so far because most of the players were playing international competition for the first time.

“The game against Niger was the most difficult but as for the game against Togo, we created a lot of chances. Our game against Niger was the first international game for most of our players and the fans were behind the host team. After the game, the players admitted they were nervous by the loud chants in the stands.”