Zito sets World Cup target for Satellites

Author: Peter Sarbah
Abdul-Karim Zito - Black Statellites coach
Abdul-Karim Zito - Black Statellites coach

Black Satellites coach, Abdul-Karim Zito, has set out an ambitious target of turning the national under-20 team into a formidable side that is capable of conquering the world once again.

Since Sellas Tetteh guided the Satellites to win 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, the national team have been abysmal at the World Youth Championship and even failed to qualify for the competition in 2011, and the last two tournaments in 2017 and 2019.

However, Zito is determined to change that story by building a strong team that would once again take the world by storm and bring glory to the country.

Promoted to handle the Satellites, the former national u-17 team coach told the Graphic Sports that he had already dispatched six scouts across the country to screen players out of which the best would be selected to form the new national under-20 team.

The coach of Premier League side Dreams FC, Zito hinted that he was also looking out for good players anytime his side played in the top-flight competition.

He said he would also embark on an aggressive scouting tour across the country and expected to put together 40 players for training and then whittle  down the squad before commencing camping between April and June.

The Satellites coach said he had set a target of qualifying and winning the zonal Africa Cup of Nations tournament scheduled for Morocco next year.

Ghana has been pooled against Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo, Niger and Burkina Faso and Coach Zito said his priority was to ensure his side secured a ticket from the group to the Nations Cup where he could qualify for the U-20 World Cup.

“For a long time we have failed to qualify for the World Cup and my ambition is to qualify for the World Cup and make a meaningful impact,” the coach noted.