Ghana coach optimistic, Nigeria’s delighted
Ahmed Abd El Rasoul, Tuesday 19 Apr 2011
From both defeat and victory, the two coaches look ahead with optimism over the rest of their African Youth Championship campaigns

Despite seeing his team losing 2-1 to Nigeria on Sunday, Ghana coach Orlando Wellington is still optimistic that the Black Satellites will go far as they defend their African Youth Championship title.

“We lost against a better team on the day and I would like to congratulate Nigeria for their victory,” Wellington was quoted as saying by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) official website on Tuesday.

“We lost because of some tactical indiscipline from my players, but we will go back to the drawing board and try to improve where we can, so that we can bounce back.

“All is not lost yet. There are still two games at hand and we hope to win all two to qualify for the next round,” he added.

Ghana are in a must-win situation when they face Gambia and Wellington is convinced that winning the first game is necessary to reduce the pressure on his team.

“We have lost and surely now we are subjects of on air discussion on Television and radio back home. As players and coaches we have to learn how to deal with pressure. We also have to win our second game so as to put an end to the pressure,” explained Wellington.

According to the title holder's coach, correcting his players’ mistakes is a key factor for his team to win.

“We are not scared of Gambia. We will correct our tactical mistake. I cannot elaborate on that but it will lead us to victory in our next game,” he concluded.

Nigeria’s coach John Obuh has hailed his team's achievement, affirming that qualifying for the next round is his main target.

“I am happy to have won the opening game, especially against a strong team like Ghana. It is always important to win your first game. Getting a victory out of Ghana is a good achievement,” Obuh was quoted as saying by CAF official website.

Nigeria hopes to extend their lead when they take on Cameroon next Thursday, but their mission will not be easy according to the Flying Eagles coach.

“Qualifying for the next round is our priority and then we will take it from there. We hope to win the next game to secure a place in the semi-final.” Obuh said.

“Cameroon is a good team, and we hope to beat them. It will not be easy but we are upbeat and ready for that game,” he concluded.